Last month, eCOPO Camaro drag racer, caught attention at the Monterey Car Week auction. Auction house Russo and Steele considered the electric COPO Camaro would sell nearby $425,000 to $525,000. It is now proved this one-off next-generation drag racer failed to sell. Muscle Cars and Trucks arrived at the auction house after noticing the Monterey auction didn’t present the last sales figure for this particular offering. Russo and Steele thus validated its failure to sell.
The eCOPO Camaro is capable of performing the quarter-mile in only 9.51 seconds at 140 mph. That’s faster than a Dodge Demon. Including over 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, the vehicle lacks a standard V8 and replaces it with an 800-volt electrical motor. There are also four 200-volt batteries located throughout the car, such in the rear seat and spare tire section.
Even with this electrification, the eCOPO Camaro nonetheless retains the regular COPO Camaro’s T400 transmission, drivetrain, and suspension. Hancock and Lane Racing co-developed the car with Chevrolet and choose to sell it, or at the least, it tried to. So the query is this: why did not this sell? Was it too expensive? Probably not, considering it is a one-off with advanced electrification technology and insanely fast performance times.
The likely reason is this: the drag racing world is not prepared for EVs, regardless of how fast and powerful they’re. Heck, the whole pony car group may not be overly enthusiastic for electrification. Hard to blame them, truthfully, considering that the eCOPO Camaro, despite its appearance and performance specs, does not sound like a typical V8-powered drag racer. It looks more like a high-powered vacuum cleaner.
Is this an indicator that the muscle car, generally, isn’t in favor of electric motors? It’s possible. Ford is planning a hybrid Mustang in the relatively near future. However, the Camaro’s long-term future remains uncertain. Chevrolet has not decided but whether the seventh-gen Camaro will go hybrid or go beyond with an all-electric powertrain. The eCOPO Camaro’s failure to sell might very well be a warning sign.