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Electric Chevy Camaro To Be Auctioned Off At Monterey Car Week

The eCOPO Camaro Concept offers an electrified vision of drag racing, with an electric motor and GM???s first 800-volt battery pack replacing the gas engine, enabling 9-second quarter-mile times.

The electric Camaro unveiled at last year’s SEMA Show is being put up for sale at auction at Monterey Car Week.

Last year, we got to see the very first electric Chevrolet Camaro ever made. Unveiled last November at SEMA, the eCOPO Camaro Concept served as a testbed for electric powertrain technology which used the same mountings as GM’s family of LS crate engines.

And just like the COPO Camaro, it was fast. At 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, we saw the Camaro run a quarter-mile in 10.14 seconds at 130 mph. And it was only using 80% power. GM says that the eCOPO Camaro has run as low as the mid-9s in previous runs.

As awesome as this car is, we figured that GM would keep it on hand to demonstrate it’s electric powertrain prowess or to even continue to develop even more electric motor options. But it turns out that GM is done with the eCOPO Camaro as they now plan to auction it off to the highest bidder during Monterey Car Week.

Chevrolet introduces the eCOPO Camaro Concept - an electrified vision for drag racing - Monday, October 29, 2018 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Developed by General Motors and built in partnership with the pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the concept race car ??? based on the 2019 COPO Camaro ??? is entirely electric powered, driven by an electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile times in the 9-second range. Testing is ongoing. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for Chevrolet)
via Chevrolet

On Friday, August 16th, the eCOPO Camaro will be on the auction block courtesy of Russo and Steele with consignment number 8053. There’s no starting bid listed so we have no idea what the eCOPO Camaro might go for, but you gotta think it’ll at least grab six figures just based on the power numbers alone.

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As we found out last year, the eCOPO is powered by four 200-volt batteries for a total of 800 volts. All that power goes through two permanent magnet AC motors and then pumped to a Turbo 400 transmission. The motors and trans are designed in such a way as to drop into any car capable of accepting an LS crate engine, thus making it relatively easy for anyone to make their own electric drag racers once GM puts them up for sale.

There’s also a unique paint job and some sweet graphics applied to the Camaro to ensure it stands out.

We don’t think this car would do well as an everyday driver as the transmission and motors are geared for maximum speed rather than range, but if someone was looking to get into electric drag racing, this would be an ideal car to do it.

(via Carscoops)

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