This story, originally published on 02/01/2019, has been updated with video of the eCopo's first nine-second run.
One of the coolest things to emerge from SEMA last year, was Chevy's eCopo Camaro, an all-electric 700--hp dragster that promises silent, nine-second quarter-miles. A few weeks after making its first run on the strip—where it popped a massive wheelie in the video you can see below—it made an appearance at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, where it broke the nine-second mark.
Its best quarter-mile run was 9.837 seconds with a trap speed of 134.07 mph. This past weekend was the first time the eCopo was turned up to max power, which means it was sending well over 700 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Plenty for it to rip a burnout in eerie silence and pop a massive wheelie on the way down the 'strip. You can tell the crowd digs it.
It's a pretty righteous scene. The future melding with one of America's great motorsport traditions in perfect harmony. Proof that all-electric doesn't mean boring.
Here's video from the eCopo's first-ever run:
And video from its first nine-second run: