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Cadillac unveils the CTS-V Coupe racer at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

While the key focus of the Detroit Auto Show I to show off current, upcoming and conceptual models, Cadillac used the opening day of the 2011 show to formally introduce the new CTS-V Coupe race car built by Pratt & Miller.

The new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car was unveiled to the Cobo Hall crowd on a rotating platform, surrounded by a collection of new Cadillac V-Series models from which is derives its styling. Cadillac is all about luxury but the modern lineup has a distinctly sporty spirit, best reflected through the array of V-Series CTS models. The return of the factory-backed Cadillac to the racing world should help to emphasize the performance capabilities of today’ Cadillac.

There has been no indication as to what drive train will be used in the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car but GM stresses that they will compete in a production-based series, so we can expect the 6.2L LSA supercharged V8 which offers 556hp in the standard production form. We can also expect to see a manual transmission when the new CTS-V race car makes its debut in March.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car will compete in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) World Challenge class beginning in March with a pair of teams; one piloted by Andy Pilgrim and the other by Johnny O’Connell. These production-based CTS-V racers are prepared by Michigan-based Pratt & Miller and with their success in the racing world with models like the Corvette C6R, these new Caddy race cars could help to improve the performance reputation of the current Cadillac lineup.

Check out the gallery below for a look at the Cadillac CTS-V race cars debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and the links below include more news from the ongoing Detroit show.

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