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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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GM starts work on new performance and racing center

General Motors has begun construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development, as well as an electric motor laboratory and gear center. 
Dubbed the GM Performance and Racing Center (GMPRC), engineers and technicians from GM’s race engineering center in Wixom, Michigan will move to the new facility in mid-2015, which will be completed by early 2016. GM says the relocation will centralize North American powertrain engineering expertise for production engines as well as advanced and racing propulsion programs.
The GMPRC is part of a US$200 million investment GM announced last January to build a new 138,000sqft test wing. At that time, the company announced work at four remote locations would consolidate on the Pontiac campus, helping to reduce development timing for GM’s next-generation advanced propulsion technologies.
“The GMPRC will continue to develop some of the world’s best race engines for Chevrolet and Cadillac,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president of GM Global Powertrain.

“Connecting our race engineers with our global powertrain engineering teams will improve our customers’ powertrains in terms of efficiency, reliability and durability.” 
In addition to the performance and racing engineering, the new facility will house an electric motor lab and a gear center. The electric motor lab produces prototype electric motors and validates manufacturing processes used in the production of electric and hybrid vehicle motors. The gear center supports design, manufacturing processes, inspection techniques and testing of gears used primarily in the next generation of GM transmissions.
Engineers at the GMPRC will work on powertrain-related projects for GM’s involvement in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge, NHRA (COPO Camaro Program) and Global Rally Cross.

8 May 2014


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