Innovation Examples From General Motors


Whenever I see true brilliance in action, in the form of innovation, I feel the need to share the experience.

In this article, I provide links to some of the best videos and articles I have seen that have either originated in General Motors (GM) facilities or feature GM products. I will be adding content to this article over time since GM is a leader in both car and technological innovation and there will be a lot more to come in the future.

I am not writing this article just because I work for GM. I have always appreciated GM cars, going back to the days we I used to work with my friends on GTO’s, Chevelles, Firebirds, Trans-Ams, etc. I really loved those 1960-1970 era muscle cars and one day I’ll have to get some pictures added to this article showing the examples from my past.


Article 1 – GM and Innovation

Click here to see the Forbes article on why GM is a leader in technological innovation.

But today’s GM is a technology-driven enterprise that generates a startling number of innovations. Its sprawling R&D complex, which employs more people than Facebook, is pressing the boundaries in areas like vehicle autonomy, renewable energy, lightweight materials and cyber-security.


Video 1 – Building the 650 HP LT4 V8 Engine

This video shows how GM’s most powerful engine ever (Figure 1), the 650hp LT4 V8, is built using robotics and the human touch. The GM production facility shown in the video (the Tonawanda Engine Plant, Buffalo, NY) was first constructed in 1938 and has undergone many transformations through the years.

Click here to view how the Z06 Corvette engine is built.


Figure 1 – The 650 HP LT4 engine.


The technologies employed during engine construction and the data generated from this facility are world-class. I give you permission to treat yourself to 10 minutes of pure fascination as you watch this amazing engine being built.

Video 2 – New and Emerging Technologies in GM Cars

If you are interested in mixed-metal design and structural engineering, this video is a must for you to see. The new Cadillac CT6 (Figure 2) is an engineering marvel in many ways.

Click here to learn about some new fascinating technologies developed by GM for its 2016 CT6.


Figure 2 – The 2016 Cadillac CT6.

Video 3 – 2017 Camaro ZL1 – Redefining Automatic Transmissions

If high-performance is in your blood, the new 10-speed transmission (Figure 3) being used in the 2017 Camaro is for you. The short video will surely get your heart pumping as the engineer says “bang, bang, bang” in the video.

Click here to see a video about the performance and design of this transmission. Figure 3 shows the tranny installed in a testing dyno.

This is a beast of a car, and when you poke it, you make it angry.


Figure 3 – The 10 speed tranny in a dyno. Watch the video to see why that was done.


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  1. Pingback: Yes, Working at GM is Great Fun! | 3danim8's Blog

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