It was back in 1969 that the Chevrolet COPO came onto the scene. The Central Office Production Order (COPO) was a process used by Chevy in the ‘60s to allow fleet managers to order combinations of options not usually sold together. Fred Gibb, a Chevy dealer, figured out a way to get a muscle car out of the program that was completely unlike any other.
That tradition continues today with the2019 COPO Camaro—but it’s the eCOPO that’s really electrifying the market.
The eCOPO is an electric version of the COPO Camaro special order performance model. General Motors partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing—a drag racing team known for their electric vehicles. The eCOPO is completely powered by an electric motor capable of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
Hancock and Lane Racing in part because of their racing success, but there was an even more compelling reason for Chevy to partner with the team. Hancock and Lane also work with Patrick McCue, who was responsible for the “Shock and Awe” electric drag racing car that he and his Seattle-area Bothell High School automotive technology program students put together.
“This project exemplifies Chevrolet and General Motors’ commitment to engaging young minds in STEM education,” stated Russ O’Blenes, director of Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at GM.
The electric motors uses are a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, which have been hooked to a conventional racing-prepared “Turbo 400” automatic transmission.