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All-electric Chevy Camaro previews the future of the electric crate motor

•, C.C. Weiss

Fifty years after the introduction of the original COPO (Central Office Production Order) Camaro, it takes the high-performance Camaro electric, dropping in a plug-and-play motor for more than 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Destined for more than just the bright lights of Vegas, this Camaro is designed to push the envelope on the drag strip and beyond.

After partnering up with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, Chevy began its work with the standard 2019 COPO Camaro drag car. From there, it ripped out the V8 engine and dropped in a specially prepared electric motor built from a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies. That powerful motor channels power to the standard COPO rear axle through a race-prepped "Turbo 400" transmission.

Chevy gives the motor the power and operating longevity it needs with a fast-charging 800-volt battery pack strategically split into four 175-lb (79-kg) 200-volt modules. It's carefully arranged the individual modules for optimal weight distribution, placing two in the rear seat area and two in the trunk. The resulting 56-percent rear weight bias helps the car launch more efficiently.

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