14 Years Later, Cadillac Returns to the Endurance Track
Cadillac Racing has dutifully fielded entries in the Pirelli World Challenge since 2005, but the automaker’s motorsports division will now return to endurance racing after a 14-year hiatus.
The automaker revealed its 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R, designed 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 designed to get you into a new CTS.
Powering Cadillac’s return to prototype endurance racing is an Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8. While it shares its displacement with the supercharged unit found in the CTS-V, that’s where the similarities end. Horsepower doesn’t stray too far, though — at 600 hp, it undercuts the production motor by 40 hp.
The massively modified engine sends power to the rear wheels through 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 team loose on the body. (The designers made sure to keep signature styling cues visible to you, the customer.)
Yes, the automaker’s return to the series will come emblazoned with reminders that Cadillac. Builds. Some. Fast. Cars.
“Cadillac’s V-Performance production models — the ATS-V and CTS-V — are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a place among the world’s elite high performance marques,” brand president Johan de Nysschen said in a statement. “The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America.”
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