Nothing like doing the quarter-mile in around 9 seconds.
Last year at SEMA, Chevrolet revealed something few expected, the all-electric drag racer eCOPO Camaro. This one-off monster was more than just a showpiece. It was a fully functional drag racer capable of a quarter-mile time in the 9-second range. And because it lacked an internal combustion engine, its burnouts were silent. It can also pop an insanely cool wheelie. Is this the future of drag racing? Very likely, yes. However, only one example was built and it was showcased at various events following its initial debut.
And now it appears Chevy is done with it and, somewhat oddly, has decided not to keep part of its private heritage collection. Instead, it’s heading to the auction block. It will be one of many unique, rare, and other one-offs at the Monterey Car Week auction, taking place this coming weekend. Russo and Steele has posted the consignment with an estimated price tag between $425,000 and $525,000.
It’s important to note that Chevy doesn’t actually own the vehicle because it was built in partnership with Hancock and Lane Racing. Still, it’s a bit odd the automaker wasn’t interested in purchasing it, though it’s now to the general public’s benefit. This thing is powered by a set of BorgWarner electric motors producing over 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
There are a total of four 200-volt batteries throughout the car, such as in place of the rear seat and the spare tire area, to ensure there’s always enough energy to power those motors. Despite the electrification modifications, the T400 transmission, drivetrain, and suspension are all from the standard COPO Camaro.
Other special features include a unique one-off hood assembly with custom graphics and ‘eCOPO’ badging on the seats, switch panel, and exterior. There’s even support training for running the vehicle and general maintenance. For now, there are no immediate plans for the eCOPO Camaro to enter production, hence the reason why this is such a special auction. Interested? You have until this Friday, August 16 to consider a bid.