General Motors announced today that it began construction on a new facility in Pontiac, Mic. that will serve as the new home to its racing powertrain development effort.
“The GM Performance and Racing Center, or GMPRC, will continue to develop some of the world’s winningest race engines for Chevrolet and Cadillac,” GM global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer said.
By mid-2015, GM expects to move its race engineering center in Wixom, Mich. to the new facility at its Pontiac campus. The CMPRC is expected to be fully completed by early 2016.
“The GM Performance and Racing Center will serve as a resource to help our race teams and drivers continue to win races and championships,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It will also help advance technical sharing between racing and production engine programs.”
Projects developed at the facility will support GM’s efforts in NASCAR, IndyCar, USSC, Pirelli World Challenge, MHRA, Global Rally Cross and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
GM plans to consolidate all of its North American powertrain engineering, which is currently split between for locations, at the Pontiac campus. Aside from developing racing engines for current competitions, the facility will include development of electric motors and next-generation propulsion systems.
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