New York, New York – Cadillac is returning to racing for the first time in 14 years, bringing a new vehicle to a manufacturer’s prototype racing circuit. The 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R race car today will compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, Prototype (P) class.
The DPi-V.R will first be driven competitively at the 2017 IMSA season opener – the Rolex 24 At Daytona in Daytona, Florida, on Jan. 28-29, 2017 – by teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series is the fastest and most technologically advanced sports car racing series in North America.
“Cadillac is proud to return to the pinnacle of prototype racing in North America after a 14-year absence,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “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. The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America.”
The DPi-V.R has been designed to contribute to the functional performance of the prototype using elements gleaned from the current lineup of Cadillac V-Performance models, especially the CTS-V supersedan. Above all, the DPi-V.R was developed to perform, via testing in the wind tunnel and engineering development.
“The DPi-V.R race car was an exciting new canvas for the Cadillac design and sculpting team,” said Andrew Smith, Global Cadillac Design executive director. “The studio embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application. Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence.”
The design details giving the DPi-V.R car its distinctive Cadillac appearance and presence include the vertical lighting signature; the sheer, sculptural quality of the body, and bold bodyside feature line; V-Performance wheels with Brembo brakes; V-Performance emblems; and a canopy graphic inspired by the Cadillac daylight opening. Even subtle cues such as the cooling vents and the air intake were designed in the studio, the latter in the trapezoidal shape of the Cadillac crest.
The Cadillac DPi-V.R is propelled by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2L V-8 engine that shares inherent architecture with the engines of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V (640hp) and fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade (420hp). The engine produces approximately 600hp when tuned for racing as defined by IMSA-mandated air restrictors, with a maximum allowable speed of 7,600rpm. The engine is slightly less powerful than the supercharged model in the CTS-V, but the Dpi-V.R. is less than half of the sedan’s weight.
Source: General Motors