Following a 14 year absence from endurance racing, Cadillac is back with a bang. The company which is most famous for its luxurious rides has just unveiled a carbon fiber racecar.
The Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar is set to compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series. Its first race is going to be at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28th and 29th.
The amazing vehicle sports a “naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine is perhaps the strongest link to Cadillac’s street cars, sharing the same basic architecture as the engine used in the third-generation CTS-V and fifth-generation Escalade. With IMSA-mandated air restrictors, the engine reaches peak power of 600 horsepower — slightly below the 640 ponies available in the supercharged CTS-V. Notably, the DPi-V.R’s overall weight is approximately half the CTS-V.”
According to Cadillac “The studio embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application,” said Cadillac global design director Andrew Smith. “Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence.”
If the looks of the car are any indication, Cadillac is back and they are serious about winning upon their return. It will be interesting to see how well they do and what kind of tricks the auto manufacturer has up their sleeves.
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Source: Left Lane