Chevrolet Uses 3D Printing Tech to Develop Motorsport Parts

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!

Chevrolet Shows Off Future Electrification Technology

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.