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ELECTRIC COPO CAMARO HEADING TO AUCTION

Estimates Expect The eCOPO To Fetch As Much As $525,000

Electric Copo Chevrolet Camaro

The one-of-one electric Chevrolet COPO Camaro was developed by General Motors and built in partnership with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing for last year’s 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It tested the appetite for electric drag racers at a convention that’s all about high-octane performance. The eCOPO Camaro is certainly a piece of novel engineering, and those interested in owning it have the chance to get it at the Russo and Steele Auction taking place this weekend in Monterey, California alongside the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. According to a report from Fox News, General Motors is the consigner.

The eCOPO Camaro is powered by an 800-volt electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. It’s GM’s first 800-volt battery back, made up of four 200-volt modules, totaling 700 pounds in weight. Two of theses battery packs are placed where the rear seat used to be, and the other two in the trunk. This gives the electric COPO Camaro a 56 percent rear weight bias in an effort to get those rear tires to hook up more effectively at the drag strip. All of this electricity is sent to a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque. It is connected to a conventional racing-prepared “Turbo 400” automatic transmission that channels the motor’s torque to the same solid rear axle used in the gas-powered COPO Camaro race cars.

Performance-wise, the fastest quarter-mile time achieved in the electric COPO Camaro was 9.51 seconds at 140 mph. That’s faster than the (road-legal) Dodge Demon, but not as fast as the (non-road-legal) gasoline COPO Camaros that are sold by Chevrolet in highly limited numbers every year.

The battery pack also previewed next-generation power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging, which is something that could eventually transfer to future General Motors electric vehicles.

For safety’s sake, a full Battery Management System monitors all critical voltages and temperatures within the pack. It ties into a larger system that continuously evaluates all vehicle electrical components for proper function and safe operation. The batteries in the rear compartment are sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for increased protection. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules.

Russo and Steele estimate that the electric COPO Camaro will go from anywhere between $425,000 to $525,000 USD this weekend at its Monterey Auction.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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