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"In celebration of 50 years of the original COPO Chevy Camaro production race car, the carmaker has announced an electric concept version of the car with over 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque."More at INSIDEVS
 

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I'm in for one
 

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I think these are the same electric motors used in the Workhorse W-15 pickup but Workhorse runs operates them at lower voltage, around 400 volts to produce 230 HP per motor and the same amount of torque, albeit at lower RPMs. BorgWarner also sells these motors to an unknown Chinese EV manufacturer.

This pre-packaged electric stuff may change the way folks go about hot rodding. You can buy off the shelf motors and controllers, gang them in any number of combinations and be fully compliant with emissions requirements.
 

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eCOPO Camaro

Burn rubber, not gasoline with Chevy’s electric eCOPO Camaro concept



A quick perusal of YouTube will show you that electric cars can be pretty quick in a straight line. So Chevrolet decided to harness that potential to build its own electric drag racer. Debuting at SEMA 2018, the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro concept shows what drag racing could be like in a zero-emission future............
ECOPO Camaro Concept: Here's what an electric LS replacement looks like



Chevy says the eCOPO can do the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds, which is lightning quick.

The electric motors might be silent, but the tires sure won't be.....................
 

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Inching toward a Corvette EV?
 

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Inching toward a Corvette EV?
I heard something about a hybrid about 3 years ago when they filed for the "E-Ray" trademark.

Might be coming in the near, near future. I could see it as a variant of this:



Maybe a full EV version? Hmmm..... that eCOPO hardware might work. I could spend stupid money on that.
 

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E-Ray? I like the sound of that!! (though it may not make much sound:)..........
 

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E-Ray? I like the sound of that!! (though it may not make much sound:)..........
precisionresearchandconsulting.com said:
The electric motors might be silent, but the tires sure won't be.........
I'm thinking that there may also be a bit of a high-pitched whine involved with that much horsepower.
 

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It's still nothing the neighbors will ever complain about, even to each other.....
 

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The COPO designation means you could actually order this thing once it has order codes.
 

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This pre-packaged electric stuff may change the way folks go about hot rodding. You can buy off the shelf motors and controllers, gang them in any number of combinations and be fully compliant with emissions requirements.
EV rodders have been doing this for years. Check EVTV.me. EVTV Motor Verks - Custom Electric Car Conversion Instructional Videos.

Crate parts from the likes of GM will help.
 

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A little background on this.
Southern California is the birthplace of dragracing. The HQ for NHRA and their museum is next to the Pomona Dragstrip which is closed to general public due to noise abatement. We used to be able to race Pomona every week, but that ended over a decade ago. In fact nearly all our dragstrips are closed now due to poor zoning plans. They would build houses next to a dragstrip, then complain about the noise.
The original COPO Camaros (Central Office Purchase Order) were never this quick as delivered. Since a 2019 eCOPO doesn't have emissions, just safety equipment would need to be addressed.
 

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While electric drag racing would allow closed drag tracks to be opened (re: noise) somehow it's not quite the same. Quick quiet getaway from the street stop light is one thing but a quiet whine on thunder alley is something else again.
 

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While electric drag racing would allow closed drag tracks to be opened (re: noise) somehow it's not quite the same. Quick quiet getaway from the street stop light is one thing but a quiet whine on thunder alley is something else again.
the feeling the race in your chest is what would miss. ear plugs and ear muff style protection only makes it much easier to get the full body experience of being near the lanes
 

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Top Fuel, Blown alky, and Pro Stock make quite a show.
But the lion's share of dragracers are street cars with mufflers. Probably 10:1 or higher. It's a replacement for street racing.
It was funny when I was running our diesel trucks. They are also quiet since they use high drive pressure turbos and full exhausts.
I'd stage against a gas car with open pipes, and click off a quiet mid 10 second ET while they roared down the track and lost.

Drag racing is a participant sport for the most part. There are thousands of them a month across the globe. Very few are professional meets. It wasn't the TF events that were shut down. It was the Test-n-Tune events for street cars that were banned.

Background - I've been drag racing since 1976 all across the USA. 5-6 tracks I've run at are gone, just in SoCal. I probably have ~5000 passes on bikes, cars, and trucks, and hold a NHRA Competition Super Gas licence, IIRC good to 7.50.
 

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IMO - GM should have configured the eCOPO to benefit electric power. AWD weighs nearly the same as RWD with electrics, which is not true for gas cars, which add weight when using an AWD system.
4 GM brand Bolt EV motors in the Camaro (lots of room) would have been quicker even at OEM rating, but could have been pumped up to 250HP each most likely. 1000HP, would have put it in the low 9's if not the 8's.
 

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IMO - GM should have configured the eCOPO to benefit electric power. AWD weighs nearly the same as RWD with electrics, which is not true for gas cars, which add weight when using an AWD system.
4 GM brand Bolt EV motors in the Camaro (lots of room) would have been quicker even at OEM rating, but could have been pumped up to 250HP each most likely. 1000HP, would have put it in the low 9's if not the 8's.
I like how you think.
 
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