Cadillac re-enters prototype racing
Cadillac Racing is re-entering prototype endurance racing with the DPi-V.R that will compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
Cadillac has revealed the all-new 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar 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 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series is the fastest and most technologically advanced sports car racing series in North America.
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 super sedan. Above all, the DPi-V.R was developed to perform, via testing in the wind tunnel and engineering development.
It is propelled by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2-litre V8 engine that shares inherent architecture with the engines of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V (640 hp) and fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade (420 hp).
The engine produces approximately 600 hp 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.