turbo V6 engines are ripe for
road-race technical transfers.
Enter Matthew Wiles...
ake your car, engine or piece of
technology to the track. Test it, race it and
compete head to head with other brands to
prove and promote which product is better.
That process – the concept of
transferring street- and race-proven wares
back and forth to make better vehicles –
can be traced to the very origins of motor
racing. And it’s certainly found within
Chevrolet’s championship-winning IndyCar
Series engine program, but there’s an
added element that has played a valuable
role in the team’s immediate success.
“General Motors recognizes that to
make great products, we need great
people, and that’s why we use motorsports
to train young engineers,” says Mark Kent,
director of Chevrolet Racing. “Putting
them in a racing environment, where they
have that sense of urgency and
responsibility, and it’s filled with pressure
and the need for thinking on their feet, is
incredibly dynamic. Those engineers are
pushed to their limits, and when they
return from the field to GM, they’re better
and our products come out better as well.”
A perfect example of Chevrolet’s
human-tech transfer initiative is UK-based
American Matthew Wiles, a GM employee
who’s embedded with Ilmor Engineering,
the specialist engine firm responsible for
Chevy’s 2.2-liter, twin-turbo IndyCar V6.
Tasked with leading Chevrolet’s IndyCar
tech transfer, Wiles is expected to grow his
personal knowledge base – to become a
smarter, more capable engineer who’ll raise