If you believe that racing improves the breed, then today is a happy day as General Motors begins construction on a state-of-the-art Performance and Racing Center for race engine design and development, as well as an electric motor lab and gear center.
“The GM Performance and Racing Center, or GMPRC, will continue to develop some of the world’s winningest race engines for Chevrolet and Cadillac,” said vice president of GM Global Powertrain, Steve Kiefer. “Connecting our race engineers with our global powertrain engineering teams will improve our customers’ powertrains in terms of efficiency, reliability, and durability. The center will also provide exciting career opportunities for our engineering organization.”
Engineers and technicians from General Motors race engineering center in Wixom will move to the new facility in Pontiac in little over a year, with completion of the building in 2016. This will centralize North American powertrain engineering expertise for production engines plus advanced and racing propulsion programs.
General Motors claims the “centralization of talent will provide more collaboration opportunities between racing and production engineers already at GM Powertrain Engineering headquarters and development lab, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world. ”
The GMPRC is part of a $200 million investment General Motors announced in January to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing. When the consolidation is complete, about 400 jobs will be added to the Pontiac campus.