3D printed Chevy parts have supported over 80k miles of racing
The IMSA Corvette C8.R, INDYCAR, Silverado race truck and NASCAR Camaro have had continued success with 3D-printed parts.
The racing world is carbon, carbon, carbon, but Chevrolet has been taking another stance on top of all that carbon fiber in racing - 3D printed parts.
Chevrolet Motorsports has accumulated more than 80k miles of racing across the IMSA Corvette C8.R, INDYCAR, NASCAR Camaro and Silverado race teams.
The IMSA race ready Corvette C8.Rs that debuted at Rolex 24 at Daytona each come equipped with 75 3D-printed parts including the oil tank, tank inlet and cap, air conditioning driver cooling box and integrated hydration system, power steering pump bracket and headlight assemblies.
The Chevrolet's that run in INDYCAR have their V6 engine's exhaust system 3D printed while the NASCAR Chevrolet Camaro 1LEs run 3D-printed gear cooling ducts.
According to Chevrolet, the Silverado race trucks that competed in the 1200 Stock class of the Best in the Desert Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic have a 3D printed rear damper shield made with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic.
“Chevrolet has a long history of technology transfer between our motorsports and production teams, and this is a perfect example of our approach,” says Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “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.”
“By utilizing 3D-printed parts, Chevrolet Motorsports is demonstrating the many benefits of additive manufacturing, including manufacturing efficiencies, mass reduction, parts consolidation, creativity and cost savings,” says Audley Brown, GM director, Materials Engineering, Additive Design and Manufacturing. “3D-printed parts can offer equal strength and durability to cast or milled components, which is critical for product development and design.”