Instant torque rules.
It has 780 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque on tap thanks to a pair of electric motors that get their energy from a 32 kWh battery pack. A three-speed automatic gearbox, the same one found in the COPO Camaro, then sends that power to a solid rear axle. And it’s blue. We’re talking about the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro, a drag racer that we recently saw pop a wheelie on its first run. And now there’s more to report about the all-electric Camaro.
According to a video featured below, the 2019 eCOPO Camaro finished the quarter-mile with a 9.837-second run at the NHRA Winternationals. Only a few weeks ago it made the same run with a best time of 10.14 seconds.
However, sources claim the vehicle was only working at 80 percent of its full potential. We don’t know if this latest video showcases everything the car has got, but we wouldn’t be surprised if engineers claim it’s still not at 100 percent. The eCOPO Camaro premiered only last November at SEMA in Las Vegas and takes its overall design cues directly from the standard COPO Camaro that’s available to private competition racers in the NHRA Eliminator class.
This latest video shows the car, once again, popping a wheelie as it literally blasts off from the starting line. It then continued its way down the dragstrip at 134 mph. Once each run is completed, the eCOPO can be quickly recharged to go again thanks to an 800-volt charging system.
Aside from its sheer speed and likely to improve times, the only complaint we kind of have with the eCOPO is its relative quietness. Compared to the conventional gasoline-engined drag racers, this new generation of all-electric dragsters could definitely use some added sound. We wouldn’t be against artificial sound if it made enough of a difference.