GM Opens New Performance and Racing Center
General Motors officially opened the new, 111,420-square-foot GM Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan earlier this month. The new facility is connected to the automaker’s Global Powertrain Engineering Center and was built as part of a $200 million investment.
The facility, which replaces the Performance and Racing Center in Wixom, Michigan, will house 100 staff members who will work together to develop engines for GM’s numerous racing endeavors. Among the engines being built at the Performance and Racing Center are the NASCAR “R07” used in the Sprint Cup Series, the IndyCar 2.2-liter Twin-Turbo V6, and the NHRA V8 engines used by the 2016 COPO Camaro.
“We race to win and learn,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, General Motors Global Powertrain. “This new facility offers unprecedented opportunities to connect our racing engineers and powertrain engineers, integrating their knowledge to give our racers an edge on the track and our customers better vehicles on the road.”
The new facility features a total of 10 engine build bays, more than 30 machining tools, four AVL engine dynamometer cells, and an electronics lab for calibration.
“Louis Chevrolet established GM’s racing legacy more than a century ago and every win since then has helped us design and build better vehicles,” Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “With the new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center, we will advance that legacy with greater competitiveness on the track and stronger technology transfer to production vehicles.”