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Got this from GM Media. However the best part is they're now making the ECOTEC build up book available for FREE as PDF. The new version also involves the 2.0L Supercharged engine.

http://www.gm.com/company/gmtunersource/downloads/gm_sport_compact_performance_build_book.pdf

Really awesome.

FOR RELEASE: 2005-05-20

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GM Racing Releases New Sport Compact Performance Build Book

www.gmtunersource.com website launched for sport compact enthusiasts

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 20, 2005 – Release of the second-generation GM Sport Compact Performance Build Book was announced today by GM Racing at the SEMA International Auto Salon (IAS) in Atlantic City.

The new handbook details the various parts and procedures used to prepare Ecotec race engines used by GM Racing in professional sport compact drag racing, as well as engine, transmission and chassis modifications designed for independent, sportsman-level drag racers and road racers.

“Our new Sport Compact Build Book offers a significant expansion of the previous handbook with more details on not only engine modifications for every performance level, but also tips on how to prepare your overall vehicle for sportsman racing,” said Carmen Smith, program manager for GM sport compact drag racing. “Like a true racing cookbook, this book will allow someone with a good shop, some powertrain and chassis knowledge, and build experience, to develop their own Ecotec-powered race car.”

GM Racing has established Ecotec’s impressive performance credentials on the race track. Race-prepared turbocharged engines continue to set numerous quarter mile and top-speed records in NHRA and NOPI drag racing competition and on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Ecotec engines powered the first Hot Rod into the 7-second range and propelled the first front-wheel-drive vehicle to break the 200 mph barrier in quarter-mile drag racing.

Expanded technical information including build up directions on the race-prepared 4T65 Hydra-matic transmission and the sportsman-level Chevy Cobalt Phase5 chassis are detailed in the new build book. An in-depth parts list with complete information on where to get parts, including aftermarket retailers, is also included.

Not since the debut of the GM small block V-8 50 years ago has an engine created such excitement in the performance community. The inline four-cylinder Ecotec engine is quickly becoming the next big thing from GM in high-horsepower competition applications, high-performance specialty vehicles and high-volume production cars.

On the production vehicle side, the Ecotec architecture offers tremendous versatility. Introduced in 2000 as GM’s first truly global powerplant, the engine powers 16 vehicles worldwide, including Saturn, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Saab, Opel and Vauxhall models.

General Motors continues to rev up its commitment to meet customers' desires for increased personalization by bringing a variety of exciting new production and concept vehicles to market. In addition, GM and its many aftermarket tuner partners are offering more components and accessories than ever before for the sport compact enthusiast.

A new website destination - www.gmtunersource.com - has been launched to showcase what GM is doing and making available in the sport compact and customization world.

Information on the new site includes details on new performance and sport compact car offerings from GM; GM Accessories; race team profiles and schedules; plus magazine style features of custom cars built by private tuners and leading aftermarket shops; a gallery of images and links to various other sport compact sites.

“Our new website is designed to be the single source to find all GM sport compact information,” said Todd Christensen, GM sport compact marketing manager. “The key for us is to continue to push the envelope in all three areas – racing, parts and building great new cars and trucks – to help bring more excitement to this segment of the market.”

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 324,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company's history. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.


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GM Racing Communications
Phone: (313) 665-2445
Email: [email protected]
http://media.gm.com/gmracing

Andy Williamson
GM Racing
Phone: (954) 663-0044
Email: [email protected]
 

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OK, I admit it, I know nothing about tuning cars! So, do I understand this right... GM has published a "book" on how to improve the engine, drive-train, and chassis on the Solstice to improve it and prepare it to race?

So, this outlines the best way to boost the HP on the Sol using GM parts? If someone did this would it violate warranty? Or, can I get to the 200 HP I feel the Sol needs?

177hp is just a bit too little!! :yesnod:
 

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No, this revision is only for the 2.2L ECOTEC and the 2.0L Supercharged engines only. There will be another revison later on including the 2.4L VVT engine I bet.
 

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Cobalt Example from GM Tuners

Cobalt 272

With the production SS Supercharged arriving in dealers later this year, GM Performance Division has already been tweaking. Never a group that can leave well enough alone, Performance Division’s modus operandi can be clearly seen in the Cobalt SS Supercharged Coupe. This vehicle was created to demonstrate the potential for street performance. The subtle exterior treatment of this show vehicle cloaks a host of engineering upgrades that yield significant improvements in acceleration and handling. Horsepower hits 270, larger brakes spin at the ready, and a lowered suspension steadies the chassis. Carbon fiber cues hint at the performance potential of this complete package.



Vehicle Highlights


Supercharged and intercooled 2.0L engine producing 270 horsepower
Functional fresh air intake integrated into hood
Fabricated air intake box
Low-restriction exhaust system from the catalyst rearward
Traction-enhancing limited-slip differential added to the heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission
Suspension lowered by 40 mm (1.6 inches) and tuned by GM High Performance Vehicle Operations (HPVO)
Large-diameter four-wheel-disc braking system with Baer rotors and production calipers
19-inch wheel and tire package
Audio system with Pioneer Electronics speakers and Alpine amplifiers
Aftermarket Motorola cell phone with IHF 1000 Premium Car Kit
Re-trimmed, custom interior that highlights SS heritage
Exterior styling that explores new concepts based on production Cobalt SS Supercharged
 

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Solstice listing at GM Tuner

All info on Solstice at this site is the same as we already know.....

Available MID 2005?? Well, we'll see. :skep: :confused: :banghead: :lol:

Accessories:
Know about the chrome wheels.

Performance cat-back exhaust and intake system (If this is the same as listed by GM Accessories, then I've already requested the exhaust package from my dealer, but nothing was mentioned about the intake.) :yesnod:

Race suspension package (I'll have to think about this one) :devil:

So many possibilities..... :D :cool:
 

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Sol Cruisin said:
...do I understand this right... GM has published a "book" on how to improve the engine, drive-train, and chassis on the Solstice to improve it and prepare it to race? So, this outlines the best way to boost the HP on the Sol using GM parts? If someone did this would it violate warranty? Or, can I get to the 200 HP I feel the Sol needs?
GM would be crazy to warranty any race or performance parts. Race engines break down all the time. The way that GM is sharing with the build book probably is "the best" in that it's the most tested approach.

Seems like 200HP should've been the base Solstice power, and it probably will be, and surpassed by the end of this 1st generation run. GM likes to bump up the power of engines after a few model years. Oftentimes, they're not really bumping up power, so much as claiming more power that was pretty much already there. Leaving growth room for marketing, you know, so that the 2007 guys can brag they have 7 more HP than the 2006 guys, something like that.

Holy spit! "1000 HP to 1400 HP PARTS LIST" page 93. Yikes!
 

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GM would be crazy to warranty any race or performance parts. Race engines break down all the time. The way that GM is sharing with the build book probably is "the best" in that it's the most tested approach.
They warranty the supercharger package for the "Twin Cam 2.4" (not the solstice motor), and the supercharger for the 2.2 Ecotec. To quote from the document posted above:

Warning: Failure to install the supercharger kit properly
and completely, failure to recalibrate the PCM or failing
to maintain the full powertrain will void both the product
and vehicle warranty. Warranty does not cover
installation or installation related issues involving
supercharger kit installed outside an Authorized GM
Dealership.

I read that as: as long as you do all this the powertrain warranty will be unaffected. Also it is well known that you can have the dealer install the supercharger and retain the balance of the factory warranty.
 

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Exactly. If you get it installed at a GM dealership you keep your normal warranty, plus there's a GM warranty for the kit as well. I'm expecting the Intake, Exhaust, and Suspension will as well. However The Batman is somewhat correct. GM does not cover damages occured during racing though. It falls outside their warranty.
 

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Seems like my dealer was correct when he said GM would be offering a supercharger for the Solstice later this year.
 
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