Cadillac Racing has dutifully fielded entries in the Pirelli World Challenge because 2005, but the automaker’s motorsports division will now return to endurance racing right after a 14-year hiatus.
The automaker revealed its 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R, made to hit the track in January as an entry in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series Prototype (P) class. Its maiden voyage? The 24 Hours of Daytona — erm, “Rolex 24 At Daytona.”
All of this, of course, is made to get you into a new CTS.
Powering Cadillac’s return to prototype endurance racing is an Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines naturally aspirated six.two-liter V8. Even though it shares its displacement with the supercharged unit found in the CTS-V, that is exactly where the similarities end. Horsepower doesn’t stray also far, though — at 600 hp, it undercuts the production motor by 40 hp.
The massively modified engine sends energy to the rear wheels by way of an X-TRAC paddle-shift sequential transmission. Taking turns behind the wheel at the season opener are teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing.
In crafting the DPi-V.R, Cadillac tapped chassis builder Dallara and turned its own design and sculpting group loose on the body. (The designers created certain to keep signature styling cues visible to you, the buyer.)
Yes, the automaker’s return to the series will come emblazoned with reminders that Cadillac. Builds. Some. Quick. Cars.
“Cadillac’s V-Functionality production models — the ATS-V and CTS-V — are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a spot amongst the world’s elite high functionality marques,” brand president Johan de Nysschen said in a statement. “The Cadillac DPi-V.R additional strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America.”
Project pinnacle of racing, 1 may well say. It is not surprising that Cadillac desires to increase the visibility of its V vehicles — in reality, the brand’s motivation can clearly be seen here and here.
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