Cadillac returns to endurance racing with entry of DPi-V.R prototype in 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series

Article by Christian A., on December 2, 2016

Car enthusiasts will be happy to know that after 14 years of not being seen in the tracks, Cadillac is slated to make a comeback to endurance racing. Cadillac has confirmed that starting 2017, its Daytona Prototype, the DPi-V.R, will be part of the DPi class under the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship organized by International Motor Sports Association, or IMSA. Officially, the brand will be fielding its racers again on January 28, 2017, during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Powering it is the 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine developed by Earnhardt Childress Racing which can deliver an output of 600 hp (447 kW). This is the very same engine that was fitted in the Dayton Prototypes of Chevrolet. It has the same displacement as those seen in the Escalade SUV and even the supercharged CTS-V sedan.

In addition, it has been fitted with the Dallara LMP2 chassis, the same component in models that race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There is one difference in that due to changes implemented to the IMSA rules, Cadillac, as well as the other brands, is now allowed to put in small improvements parts like the wheel arches in the rear, side pods, and the nose. The objective was that it would help differentiate the various racers from each other. With this, automakers can also give fans an idea of what the production versions may have.

According to the brand, it has been testing Prototypes since September in various courses like the North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway, New York’s Watkins Glen, and Kentucky’s NCM Motorsport Park. The brand has even conducted testing on Putnam Park out in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cadillac’s racers will be driven by Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express racing. Racing fans are familiar with the latter as it is the same team that managed to get the top three positions during the 2016 season.

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen shared that its V-Performance production models, specifically the CTS-V and the ATS-V, have not only managed to change the substance of the products but also secured a place in many of the high-performance brands of the world. He added that with the DPi-V.R, the brand has managed to reinforce its range ensuring that the Cadillac has a sport in the highest sports car racing series in the U.S.

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is based mainly in the U.S. and Canada and was due to the Rolex Sports Car Series combining with the American Le Mans Series. This series has 4 different classes with two for grand tourer models while the other two are sports prototypes. Specifically these are the Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans, and the GT Daytona. The inaugural season was in 2014 which began with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January and finished with the Petit Le Mans by October.

Press Release

Cadillac Reveals DPi-V.R Prototype Race Car For 2017

Cadillac revealed the all-new 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R race car today and announced that it will compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, Prototype (P) class.

The 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R will first be driven competitively at the 2017 IMSA season opener — the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, 2017 — by teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing.

THE PINNACLE OF PROTYPING RACING IN NORTH AMERICA
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.”

UNMISTAKABLE CADILLAC PRESENCE
The all-new Cadillac 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 DPi-V.R is equipped with the new Rear Camera Mirror first seen on the Cadillac CT6 Sedan and available on the Cadillac CTS, XT5 and Escalade for the 2017 model year.

CADILLAC 6.2L V-8 POWER
The Cadillac DPi-V.R is propelled by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2 liter V-8 engine that shares inherent architecture with the engines of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V (640 horsepower) and fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade (420 horsepower). The engine produces approximately 600 horsepower when tuned for racing as defined by IMSA-mandated air restrictors, with a maximum allowable RPM of 7,600. The engine transfers power to the rear wheels through an X-TRAC paddle-shift transmission.

Cadillac and its designers collaborated with key partners including chassis builder Dallara, teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing and ECR Engines to prepare the 6.2-liter V-8-powered Cadillac DPi-V.R over the past year.

Additional information about the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, including the 2017 schedule, can be viewed at imsa.com.

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