Cadillac is introducing the next generation of its V-Series. The all-new Cadillac ATS-VR high performance car will be competing in 2015 after its debut at the country’s most happening racing venue at the Circuit of the Americas. The ATS-VR is the racing version of the new Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and is set to arrive this 2016. The first coupe model will mark Cadillac’s years of experience in the V-Series.
Both the ATS-V sedan and the ATS-V Coupe will be launched this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Boasting up to 600hp, the ATS-VR is also compliant to the FIA GT3 specifications. This raises its potential to compete among the 30 different GT series worldwide.
The GT3 class represents a unique set of specification for racecars. Other brands competing in this elite racing event are Porsche, MacLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, Bentley, Audi and Aston Martin.
Cadillac’s president Johan de Nysschen shared his thoughts on the V-Series and said that it is Cadillac’s highest expression of rising product material. Therefore, expanding and elevating it would help in its global potentials just like the inclusion of GT3 specification.
Part of the modifications for the GT3 specs includes the redesigned fenders, FIA-specified tyre sizes, new aero kit, dive planes and carbon front splitter.
Cadillac ATS-VR comes with the LF4.R’s V6 engine with displacement of 3.6 liters, the same version found on the highly acclaimed Cadillac CTS Vsport model. However, there are several upgrades done to meet the GT3 specs such as BorgWarner enlarged twin turbochargers, intercoolers with increased capacity, direct side-exiting exhaust and competition engine management. Also, the ATS-VR’s lightweight aluminum components give it a more balanced weight distribution both for the rear and at the front.
Cadillac racecar driver Andy Pilgrim remarked how the ATS-VR sounds like and how much he loved how it screams as if it’s ripping holes in the air. He also appreciates the new paddle gear shifters as well as the engine torque’s remarkable output.
Cadillac is a division of the General Motors (GM) that is engaged in the design and production of luxury vehicles. Although a division of GM, Cadillac was established from the remains of the Henry Ford Company. Henry Ford left this company along with some partners in March 1902. However, Henry M. Leland of Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Company was able to persuade William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen to continue car manufacturing at the supposed to be liquidated plant. This led to the formation of the Cadillac Automobile Company on August 22, 1902.