GM Announces New Race Engine Development Facility

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

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.”

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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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Luke Vandezande
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Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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  • Doug S Doug S on May 01, 2014

    I see the handwriting on the wall that GM will eventually develop a hybrid power train for the new corvette. When and if this happens the all wheel drive hybrid z06 corvette will have a whopping 850 hp with the hybrid system pulling the front wheels. If Porche and Nissan can accomplish this 21st century technology its about time the American icon Corvette do the same thing. The future GTR and NSX will be hitting the high way soon with this hybrid power train. Everything says the corvette could be next....maybe.