With the advancement of 3D printing tech in recent years, manufacturers can produce parts in virtually any shape to exact specifications. Chevrolet Motorsports has been taking advantage of this technology by using 3D-printed parts for some of its racing vehicles including INDYCAR, Corvette C8.R, NASCAR Camaro, and Silverado teams.
Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports, said, “GM’s 3D-printing capability speeds up our learning cycles and, in turn, these racetrack experiences help our additive manufacturing team move one step closer to using 3D-printed parts in production vehicles.”
In total, the Chevrolet Motorsports teams have accumulated over 80,000 miles of competition driving using 3D-printed parts. On the Corvette C8.R, there are 75 3D-printed parts, which include the air conditioning driver cooling box, oil tank, power steering pump braking, and headlight assemblies.
For the INDYCAR program, Chevrolet used 3D printing for the V6 exhaust system. This helps eliminate many failure points that exist in traditionally manufactured components. 3D printing is also more cost effective. Since June 2020, Chevrolet INDYCAR engines have run for over 60,000 miles.
The Silverado off-road racing truck competes in the 1200 Stock class. Chevrolet incorporated three 3D-printed parts into the truck. This includes a rear damper shield reinforced with carbon fiber.
Motorsport technologies tend to make their way to production vehicles eventually. We expect that in short order, Chevrolet will be using 3D printing tech to create parts used in the awesome vehicles you can find at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!
At the 2020 SEMA360 Show, Chevrolet revealed its future electrification technology in the form of a 1977 K5 Blazer that was transformed into an all-electric vehicle, as part of a demonstration of Chevy’s eCrate conversion system.
To convert the 1977 vehicle, the team removed its original engine and replaced it with a Chevy Bolt EV electric motor capable of generating 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The team removed the transmission, fuel system, and exhaust, but did not update the rest of the drivetrain.
The new K5 Blazer-E stands as a proof of concept for Chevrolet Performance’s upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2021. Chevy first previewed its eCrate method via the 2018 Chevy eCOPO Camaro. 2019 saw the release of the Chevrolet E-10.
Stingray Chevrolet Bartow will be able to install the 60-kWh Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which includes a 60-kWh battery pack, a DC-to-AC power inverter for the 200-horsepower motor, wiring harnesses, controllers, water pumps, and more.
Russ O’Blenes, Director of Engineering for Chevrolet, expressed his excitement over the possibilities enabled by Chevy’s future electric technology: “The K5 Blazer-E demonstrates what is possible for customers who want to convert their vintage truck to a daily driver with the instant torque and unique driving experience of an EV.”
Going green shouldn’t force you to make compromises. With the upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise Package, Chevrolet ensures that you can convert your vintage automobile into a future-ready ride.
There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle,
besides the obvious. Now you can learn about all those benefits through the
newly-launched Bolt EV Academy from Chevrolet.
A handy series of 15 videos help educate consumers on all the aspects of the Bolt. Current Bolt EV owners will see what it’s capable of while future Bolt owners can see how easy and fun it is to live with an all-electric vehicle.
There’s a video that explains home charging basics, such as
how much time it takes and how to do it properly. They even explain how to
install an efficient home charging station, or how charging on a road trip
works with a network of over 2,800 charging locations.
The videos explain how to use the driver’s display screens for
battery level awareness, safety feature activation or even syncing with your
Bolt EV Academy also explores the innovative one-pedal
driving system and regen-on-demand technology. Just using the accelerator can
help power the car’s battery and save wear and tear on your brakes.
You can find all these handy tips and tricks straight from the engineers who developed the Ford Bolt EV. Visit the automaker’s official YouTube page or Chevrolet.com to learn more, or pay a visit to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow to test drive a Bolt EV.
You can use Chevrolet Marketplace to create your Domino’s®
Pizza Profile or log in to your existing profile, allowing you to set your
delivery or pick-up preferences, safely input your payment information, and
place your order whenever hunger strikes. That means you can now have a pizza
waiting for you at home after a long day at the office.
“Domino’s® has offered pizza lovers innovative ordering and
delivery options for years. At the same time, Chevrolet put technologies in
place that allows us to add capabilities to vehicles already on the road, like
the ability for our drivers to order pizza through the touchscreen,” said Scott
Goddard, Marketplace line of business leader, Chevrolet. “This new in-vehicle
solution is a natural collaboration that both Chevy drivers and pizza
connoisseurs can enjoy.”
Domino’s® is the first pizza restaurant offered through Chevrolet Marketplace, which also became the first platform to offer drivers the ability to pay for fuel without having to leave their vehicles. Chevrolet Marketplace is available on millions of General Motors vehicles from the 2017 model year and newer. To learn if your vehicle has Chevrolet Marketplace, or to get a new Chevrolet that does, stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow.