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!