General Motors breaks ground on the new Charlotte Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina. This 130,000-square-foot facility will expand GM’s performance and racing capabilities. ARTIST RENDITION PROVIDED BY GENERAL MOTORS
Construction is underway at a new site in Concord, N.C., to benefit NASCAR’s Chevrolet teams. General Motors, which manufactures Chevy vehicles fielded by top Cup Series organizations, broke ground Thursday on a 130,000-square-foot facility near Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The new facility, called the Charlotte Technical Center, will serve as a space for engineering collaboration between GM’s motorsports and production vehicle capabilities, and replaces a previously announced 75,000-square-foot space that was converted into a facility for manufacturing military vehicles after subsidiary GM Defense won a $214.3 million Army contract last June.
Charlotte Technical Center is a $45 million investment for GM that will be located separately from the army vehicle manufacturing facility at International Business Park off Interstate 85. The new facility is scheduled to open in early 2022.
General Motors breaks ground on the new Charlotte Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina. This 130,000-square-foot facility will expand GM’s performance and racing capabilities. GENERAL MOTORS
“This new location and larger facility is a clean-sheet design, tailored for technology development and collaboration with our racing teams and technical partners,” General Motors U.S. vice president of performance and motorsports Jim Campbell said in a statement.
GM declined to provide an official address as it determines the layout of the building and nearby access roads. Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet’s largest four-car team, is also based one mile from the track off Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd. The organization achieved Chevrolet’s 800th win in NASCAR’s top series when No. 9 driver Chase Elliott won at Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago, and more recently became the winningest Cup team when No. 5 driver Kyle Larson won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last Sunday.
The new technical center is intended to help boost Chevy team performance in NASCAR competition by drawing top engineering talent to the area, while bringing together virtual simulation and testing capabilities for use on both Chevrolet’s racing and production branches.