This Thursday brings the third episode in the Factory Assembling series at National Geographic. After Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce, next in line is American’s muscle car producer Chevrolet, showing the Camaro. To produce a Camaro the factory will need 18 hours assembly per car. A new Camaro rolls off the assembly line almost every minute. Impressive!
Crisis or not, all of the 2010 Camaros produced today have owners. National Geographic didn’t give us a preview including videos, in stead they gave us a number of facts and pictures that should give you an inside into the production of the sports car.
There are 734 robots needed – doing nearly 5,000 spot welds – to create the body shell for each Camaro Coupe. The Camaro’s outer body side panel is transformed through the strikes of four die sets, with the initial forming press generating nearly 1,400 tons of force at a speed of seven body sides per minute. To give the car it’s ordered colour, Chevy has a 1.3 million square foot facitly that was built in 2007 that can deliver 150 painted vehicles per hour!
In order to get to the paint shop the Camaro body has to be transported on a bridge over a city street. It is painted and then shipped back across the same bridge to the trim area for final detailing. Next step for the Camaro is the body shell, therefore it has to make its way across a two-level bridge to the general assembly area.
Last but not least, the Camaro’s engine is produced at a different plant. The shipment to the assembly line takes approximately two hours where it finally meets the sports car. It takes eights months to finally receive a brand new 2010 Camaro.