Cadillac announced that it will return to racing in 2011 with a new race-prepared version of the CTS-V Coupe. The new car will race in the Car Club of America World Challenge known as North America’s top production-based racecar series.
This new car marks the return of Cadillac brand to a series where it used to compete from 2004 to 2007. For those who don’t know, using a CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac won the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.
The new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe racecar will be built in partnership with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering company specialized in motorsports.
The first race we will see the new car will be the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla, and the drivers will be Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class.
The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe participating in the SCCA World Challenge is a good way to show that it has the racing capability and the performance to back it up, shared Don Butler, the vice president for Cadillac marketing. The race cars that are part of the series are generally production based, enabling the company to validate its performance versus different competitors not only in the showroom but on the track as well, he added.
Cadillac worked with New Hudson, Michigan-based Pratt & Miller, an engineering company specializing in motorsports, in order to develop the CTS-V. However, certain parts of the CTS-V had to be modified in order to meet the demands unique to racing or the technical rules of the SCCA. Still, Cadillac made sure that most of the production content was retained. GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell shared that the SCCA World Challenge is a good opportunity for the transfer of knowledge.
Campbell added that this series will indeed be a good test for the Cadillac. The company expected that it will learn more once it is on the track to make sure that Cadillac’s V-Series retains the lead in performance, he further added.
The first race of the SCCA World Challenge was held at St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 25-27, and the CTS-V had two drivers. The first was Johnny O’Connell who was the GT1 champion of the America Le Mans Series three times. Andy Pilgrim, the second driver, had won the SCCA World Challenge GT class in 2005 with a Cadillac.