Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Fails To Sell At Auction11
With nothing but electrons to drive the rear wheels, the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro is an utterly unique creation. However, despite the performance and remarkable powertrain, this EV dragster failed to sell at the Russo and Steele auction in Monterey, California back in August.
Estimated value for the battery electric dragster was set between $425,000 and $525,000, but the car didn’t change hands, as bidding failed to meet reserve. For reference, a rare Chevrolet COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary edition recently went up for sale on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $163,500.
While initial reports indicated that General Motors was consignor for the lot, it was later discovered that was not the case. As of this writing, the actual consignor is not known.
The eCOPO Camaro was a joint project between GM/Chevrolet as well as Hancock and Lane racing. It was introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2018 SEMA show. Making all the go is a quartet of 200-volt battery packs, which power two electric motors via a T400 automatic transmission and a full COPO Camaro drivetrain and COPO suspension.
Peak output is rated at 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, which helps the racer to break into the nine-second quarter-mile range.
It’s interesting the eCOPO Camaro failed to sell, even considering the high estimated price. However, as Russo and Steele told Fox, it’s difficult to determine the car’s true value given how unique it is.
Though not the first electric Camaro in history, the eCOPO is the first and only all-electric sixth-gen Camaro. The vehicle was created as a tech showcase as GM moves toward an all-electric future, the eCOPO foreshadows things to come with regard to performance and all-electric powertrains.
So far, the eCOPO has recorded a time of 9.51 at more than 140 mph. And oh yeah, it’s also capable of some pretty massive wheelies, too.
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So, you still want to see GM doing ICE vehicle business in your whole life, don’t you ?
When you say ICE, do you mean Zamboni????…..LOL
Absolutely I want to have at least an option for ICE. And more specifically, an option for a V8 in the Camaro and Vette of the future. I’m not against hybrd versions of those cars though. The only thing that sucks is the added cost.
A government mandated all electric future sounds awful to me. The more options the better, electric, hyrbrid, ICE, keep them all around. As C8.R said below, there is more to a great car than just going fast, sound is definitely a huge factor.
The problem is going fast is only part of the equation..
In racing the sound, and smell of performance is part of the deal.
They don’t sell hundreds of millions of dollars in exhaust systems for nothing.
The sound of a car like a big RC is just lacking.
Seems like a high price for a white elephant. Who or what is it’s competion? Granted, an electric dragster is a good idea from performance. Less moving parts. Motor torque is immediate.
ROFLMAO, “dragster”??? Not even close, it’s a e-copo and not in top fuel “dragster” territory until it’s ET’s are sub 6 sec. if not 4 sec 1/4 mile times. While us “petro heads” love the smells, sounds, and atmosphere it’s the future in ALL motorsports, so get used to it. The “green” tree huggers want to listen to their “playlists” on their phones while watching drag racing I suppose. It’s here and now whether you/we like it or not and is the future, to our chagrin….The times, they are a changing, lol.
This was a show car much like the Turbine cars of the 50’s. It lacks the custom design but has an advanced driveline.
This is not a car anyone would race it is more for the collector who wants a prototype. But in this case they want more than the market will bear.
They may just park it in the heritage center and slip it to Barrett Jackson at a later date.
Even if someone raced it how long till something breaks and the car is inoperable. Few would have the knowledge or the parts to fix it.
The last company to offer “electric cars” that were really fun to drive was “Scalextric”.
I now work in the “collector and classic car” industry. And ive come to realize that its all smoke and mirrors. Little more than idiots with more money than sense working in conjunction with aution houses to inflate and manipulate market prices in the indistry.
Sorry a car IS NOT and never was an investment. Its a tool to take you where you need to go. Sometimes it looks great, sometimes, its sounds and performs great, and sometimes it does all of the above. But in the end, its just a car. Something better will always be around the corner.
The E Camaro was a political and social gimic to capitalize on the greatly over estimated public concern for the enviorment. And the market just proved that NO ONE CARES.
The ecopo is worth litte more than the sum of its parts. It was never a popular car, nor did it generate any real interest beyound the media trying to force electric performance down our throats.
Hopefully its not scraoped or crushed. But frankly I and many others dont care its for sale, or that it sells at all.