EcoCAR 2 Teams Switch Gears to Performance

As EcoCAR 2 teams start to gear up for designing their architectures, one key element they need to consider is performance.  On October 6th, during the EcoCAR 2 Fall Workshop, teams will get the rare opportunity to experience the GM Powertrain Performance Build Center (PBC).   Located in Wixom, Michigan the PBC produces specialized, high-image powertrains for General Motors’ premier vehicles.

The GM Performance Build Center facility

The employees at the PBC hand-build each ZR1 Corvette LS9, Z06 Corvette LS7, and Grand Sport Manual Coupe Corvette LS3-Dry Sump engines.  This low-volume facility is capable of assembling 15,000 engines per year.

Corvettes on display in the lobby of the GM Performance Build Center

EcoCAR 2 students will get to observe a highly skilled builder assembling sections of the complete engine.  The builders are trained to accomplish every task involved in building the engine, including engine component and process inspection.  After assembly, each engine is cold tested and balanced to assure that the engine meets all the standards and quality requirements demanded from such high performance cars.

Students might even learn some high-performance techniques to incorporate into their competition vehicles, once their 2013 Chevrolet Malibus arrive this summer!

A highly skilled GM builder assembles an engine