2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car hits the track at Sebring International

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2011

The CTS-V coupe race car, the latest evolution of the Cadillac CTS, was tested at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on January 17. Drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim did the test run. The problem is that the company didn’t reveal how the car performed, which is unusual and seems to indicate that General Motors has something to hide.

The model is actually being prepared to join the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT, which kicks off on March 25 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac, said that getting back to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a “great way“ to showcase the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe.

He added that as the race cars in this series are production based, the company is able to validate its performance against its rivals on the track. At the North American International Auto Show, the CTS-V Coupe impressed a lot of people. The model is powered by a supercharged 6.2l V8 engine that delivers 556hp.

Unlike that of the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Sedan, the rear track of the CTS-V Coupe is wider by one inch. As a result, the CTS-V Coupe gets improved handling capability and that aggressive stance. The latest version of the CTS-V Sport Sedan though managed to become the highest performing luxury sedan in the world.

It became the first four-door production car running on street tires to smash the celebrated 8-minute barrier at Nürburgring in Germany. With a lower mass and a smoother shape, it is guaranteed that the V-Series Coupe will display this same level of high performance.

The interior of this 2+2 cabin meanwhile mixes luxury with performance. A new addition is the Saffron interior trim color which contrasts with the microfiber seat stitching and inserts of the upper trim areas. The CTS-V Coupe has a design that showcases the visual statement of its performance intent and its technical precision.

While the wheelbase of the CTS-V Coupe is the same as that of the CTS-V Sport Sedan, the overall height and length of the Coupe are lower by two inches (51 mm). Other similarities between the Coupe and the Sedan are with the front fenders, grille, headlamps, console, and instrument panel.

Other important design features of the CTS-V Coupe related to the classic hardtop styling. Furthermore, it doesn’t have the typical B-pillar and its signature vertical lighting is highlighted with LED light pipes. Then there is the signature high-mounted center stop lamp which also works as a rear spoiler.

The use of touch-pad for its doors eliminates the need for standard door handles. With a 62.3-degree windshield angle and the backglass that is almost horizontal, the CTS-V results in a more aerodynamic profile.

The antenna for the OnStar and XM Satellite Radio are mounted on its already aerodynamic roof. Powering the CTS-V Coupe is the supercharged LSA 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the same one inside the CTS-V Sport Sedan. This engine delivers a maximum 556 horsepower (415 kW) with maximum torque at 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm). Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is possible in 3.9 seconds. It is no surprise then that this is the company’s most powerful engine ever.

Press Release

Cadillac Racing Returns to Sebring with CTS-V Coupe Racecars

Cadillac Racing returned to Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, for a second round of testing prior to the beginning of the 2011 Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT season.

For the first time, both CTS-V Coupe racecars hit the track with full exterior colors, decals and numbers. Driver Andy Pilgrim will pilot the No. 8 car for Cadillac Racing, and teammate Johnny O’Connell will be behind the wheel of the No. 3 coupe.

Cadillac is reentering the World Challenge GT series this year, beginning with the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 25-27. Cadillac previously competed in the World Challenge from 2004 to 2007.

“We’re here fine-tuning the cars, validating components and vehicle dynamics,” said Jim Vurpillat, Cadillac global marketing director. “It’s our first opportunity to get both cars on the track at the same time, in full race trim. Besides looking incredible on the track, the cars are performing at an exceptional level.”

The first test at Sebring Raceway in January was earlier in the vehicle development process and limited to one racecar without the exterior treatments.

“The driving is going very well,” O’Connell said. “We’re just learning how the car responds to different changes and we’re getting a lot of track data. With two full days of testing (Feb. 22-23), we’ll have a really good idea of how we’ll perform at the first race in St. Petersburg next month.”

The World Challenge GT schedule has been finalized for the 2011 season and includes eight races in the United States and Canada from March to October.

“We’re getting in a lot of laps, and that’s what we need to do to get ready for the 2011 season,” Pilgrim said.

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