When Chevrolet first debuted the fully electric Camaro eCOPO at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the automaker predicted that it would be able to run a nine second quarter-mile. It was a lofty goal, but with the electric powertrain’s instant torque and Chevy’s drag-racing know how, we were confident that Chevrolet Performance would get the job done.
We’re happy to report that the world’s first electric Camaro achieved its goal of putting down a nine second pass during the NHRA Lucas Oil Winter Nationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California this past weekend. The zero emission racer, which was designed and engineered by GM and is run by drag racing team Hancock & Lane, turned in a 9.837 pass at 134.07 mph.
Driver Patrick McCue made his first attempt at the goal on Friday and turned in a 10.02 at 133.39 mph, but managed to dip the fully electric Camaro into the nines on Saturday afternoon with a near-perfect pass that pulled the front wheels well off the ground.
The Camaro eCOPO makes 800 hp and 634 lb-ft of torque thanks to its two electric motors and 32 kWh battery pack. Power is sent to the rear wheels through the same three-speed automatic transmission the regular COPO uses. The location of the battery packs, one where the spare tire normally sits and one over the rear axle, ensures the eCOPO has enough grip to put its torque to the ground.
When GM first debuted the electric Camaro eCOPO, the automaker said it was a sign of things to come from the company in the high performance vehicle and motorsports arenas.
“The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space,” said GM’s director of performance variants, Russ O’Blenes. “The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”
Check out the nine second pass in the video embedded above.