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GM inaugurates new development facility for Camaro, Corvette and Nascar engines

Facility part of $200 million investment in Pontiac, Mich. campus



The company's new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Mich. PHOTO: GM

The company’s new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Mich. PHOTO: GM

PONTIAC, Mich.—General Motors is putting all the engineers working on its top performance engines under one roof.

The company has the thrown open the doors of its new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Mich., bringing together nearly 100 engine builders, engineers and other support staff, who work on the new Nascar “R07,” the Camaro V-8, Corvette Racing 5.5L V-8, and Cadillac ATSV.R Twin Turbo.

“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,” Dan Nicholson, vice-president of GM Global Powertrain, said.

The 111,420-square-foot facility is part of a US$200 million investment in the company’s Pontiac Powertrain Campus and is designed to enhance the development process for GM’s racing engines while allowing different engine teams to trade ideas more easily. The facility includes 10 all-new engine build bays, full CNC machining capabilities, an engine testing centre and an electronics calibration lab.

Along with the Nascar, Camaro, Corvette and Cadillac engines, the facility will also develop high-performance crate engines and crate powertrain systems for Chevrolet Performance.

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