Cadillac reenters prototype endurance racing with DPi-VR

Cadillac reenters prototype endurance racing with DPi-VR

"The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports auto racing in North America". Both have named unchanged line-ups, and will hand the vehicle its debut at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Two will be fielded by defending three-time champions Action Express Racing and another by longtime GM motorsport partner Wayne Taylor Racing.

"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.

"It is not possible to overstate how thrilled all of us at IMSA are to officially welcome Cadillac, one of the world's most respected premium automotive brands, back to Prototype racing in the WeatherTech Championship", said IMSA President Scott Atherton. A month later, three examples will be on the grid for the season opener in the Rolex 24 late in January.

The last time Cadillac stepped foot in prototype endurance racing was back in 2002, when it competed with the Northstar LMP auto at Le Mans.

The program is meant to promote Cadillac's V-Series current lineup of high performance sedans and coupes, but with its long-running Pirelli World Challenge race cars already resembling one of those, could a super-Caddy be in the works?

Cadillac Daytona Prototype

The DPi-V.R has been designed with elements taken from several Cadillac V-Performance road cars, above all the CTS-V.

The DPi-V.R's 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.

"Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car's on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence".

Cadillac joins Mazda and Nissan as confirmed DPi manufacturers for IMSA's top Prototype class, which also will include global LM P2 prototype chassis from Riley/Multimatic, Ligier, ORECA and Dallara, powered by single-specification Gibson V8 engines.