Cadillac Previews New Race Car for 2023
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Cadillac Previews New Race Car for 2023

Cadillac is developing a new race car to compete next year in the Grand Touring Prototype category. Designers say the new race car will scream Cadillac and even brings back the symbolic fins, the classic Caddy was known for.
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Cadillac is in the midst of transforming into all-electric vehicles and its race cars are transforming as well. Cadillac Racing will compete in IMSA’s new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) category in 2023. Cadillac will compete in the IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) series. The new GTP series replaces the current DPi class. The change in IMSA’s rules requires the race car to switch to a hybrid powertrain. The prototype will feature a new Cadillac engine package in conjunction with the GTP common hybrid system.

Cadillac's Commitment to Performance

Cadillac has used its racing division to highlight the brand’s incredible performance models. The Cadillac V-Series portfolio incorporates technologies learned on the track, into performance cars for the road. Its most recent V-models include the CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans, the Escalade-V and the track-capable CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing debuted with 668 horsepower, the most powerful vehicle ever from the company’s luxury brand. Similarly, the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 incorporates many of the aspects of the Chevrolet Corvette race vehicles.

Cadillac’s Commitment to Innovative Technology

Cadillac is currently defending its 2021 IMSA Manufacturer Championship. Behind the scenes, Cadillac continues to prepare for its return to the world racing stage. Cadillac Design is in the process of shaping the GTP race car and the future of Cadillac Racing.

The Cadillac GTP race car is being codeveloped by Cadillac Racing, Design and race manufacturer Dallara. The prototype will feature a new Cadillac engine package in conjunction with the GTP common hybrid system.

“While the new race car will take into account IMSA and ACO regulations, Cadillac’s brand characteristics will be instantly recognizable, many of which are seen on our V-Series vehicles today,” said Chris Mikalauskas, lead exterior creative designer, Cadillac. “It will artistically combine form and function to influence the development of the forthcoming race car. Elements of Cadillac’s brand DNA, such as vertical lighting and floating blades, will be present throughout.”

Cadillac’s Racing Future

Last year, Cadillac announced that it will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Automobile Club de l’Ouest Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) category in 2023 with a fourth-generation Cadillac V-Series prototype. Notably, this will mark the brand’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after 21 years.

“Cadillac has a long history of performance success on and off the track which drives excitement for our fans and customers,” said Rory Harvey, vice president of Cadillac. “That excitement was never more evident than last year when we saw extraordinary demand for the V-Series Blackwings right after they were revealed.”

Cadillac plans to unveil the Project GTP race car this summer. The Cadillac GTP race car will debut on the track for the first time at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2023.

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