Driving the Camaro SS Hybrid of the Future

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LS1tech.com General Motors GM EcoCar 3 Camaro SS Hybrid of the Future

How does a V8 hybrid Camaro work?

Virginia Tech is the only team that opted to use a V8 engine. Specifically, they opted for an all-aluminum, 5.3-liter L88 engine out of a Chevy Silverado. This L88 retains GM’s Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) system. Like every other competitor in the event, the L88 is flex-fuel capable and is fed a steady diet of E85 ethanol fuel. The engine is a junkyard score, something many LS1Tech readers can relate to. The team opted for the 5.3 because it’s inexpensive, durable, and readily available. It is a stock engine other than a rowdy exhaust system.

It is connected to a standard GM 8L90E automatic transmission. The hybridization comes via a trunk-mounted battery pack system, which weighs roughly 400 pounds. It is an A123 Systems unit, offering 12.6 kWh/118 kW of juice. All of that electricity powers a 100 kW (134 horsepower) electric motor. On the Virginia Tech car, this is what’s called a “P3” (position 3) setup, where the electric motor is plumbed in between the driveshaft and rear differential and helps power the rear wheels.

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Jake Stumph is the Content Editor who runs LS1Tech, and several other Internet Brands Automotive websites. He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right.

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