WARREN, MI-GM’s performance division has now combined its various workshops under one roof at the large GM technical center. The new 18,000-sf facility, known as the Performance Engineering Development Center, will house all of the company’s performance division’s projects.

The center becomes home for the division’s prototypes, show vehicles, concepts and production-intent vehicles. Its centerpiece is the 10,500-sf garage. It features eight vehicle bays, four of which include hoists for major body and engine work and simultaneous projects. There also is a parts and component paint laboratory and an advanced electronics lab.

The rest of the building has space for offices, workstations, storage and a conference room. The office portion is scheduled to be completed by February.

“The center will function as the key development workshop for performance division initiatives,” says Mark Reuss, executive director of the performance division. “It’s not the division’s headquarters.”

The center will staff a shop manager, parts manager and two on-site technicians. The division’s executive staff will remain at GM Design.

The Cadillac CTS V-Series will be the division’s first vehicle when it begins production late next year as a 2004 model. V-Series enhancements will include substantially increased horsepower over the standard engine; manual or automatic-manual transmission; performance-tuned suspension; and special interior and exterior badging.

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