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GM Begins Work on New Performance and Racing Center

by Bruce Troxell on May 2, 2014



General Motors announced this week that they have begun construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development that will also include an electric motor laboratory and a gear center. The new building is expected to be opened and in use by mid-2015 and completed by early 2016.

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Interesting news to hear where GM is headed with racing developent. Never thought I'd read about electric motor development, but it makes sense when you think about it.
 
This is great news. Normally you hear about a manufacturer (GM itself has a history of this) pulling out of racing. It's about time, amd to have a dedicated facility....fantastic! You know, I'm not a fan of hybrids. I instantly think of a Prius and it really makes me sick. After watching video after video and reading article after article about the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder I really think it's amazing how much performance manufacturers are gaining! These are supercars that get crazy mpg's and can be switched to zero emissions! Don't get me wrong. From a green thinking only point of view, it's ass backwards. The carbon footprint from any hybrid is huge! Just the process of battery manufacturing and development has a huge environmental impact. Not to mention we haven't reached a point yet where we have to deal with the disposal of these batteries!
As government legislation pushes for more efficient vehicles this is a temporary step in the right direction and at least for us speed freaks...there's hope.

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Last fall on a 200 mile round trip to Bracebridge, we got 35.1 mpg on our stock 2005 six speed. The Vararam intake is the only change to the car but we had recorded a 34.9 mpg before the change. They just keep improving the drivetrains. I never would have dreamed that we would be getting triple the mileage of our old musclecars which were generally in the 10-12 mpg range.
 
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