Cadillac Unleashes its New GTP Hypercar Race Car
Cadillac’s new GTP Hypercar is hyper-beautiful. Unleashed today, the GTP Hypercar previews the design for the third-generation prototype race car that will represent Cadillac at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 in Daytona. It also previews the future of Cadillac's luxurious design.
“Cadillac will be competing again on the world racing stage, and we are all thrilled to return to Le Mans after 20 years,” said Global Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey. “By competing in both the 2023 IMSA and WEC championships, Cadillac Racing has the opportunity to demonstrate its capability, craftsmanship and technology.”
The Project GTP Hypercar telegraphs what the new race car will look like. It also reveals the design features that all new Cadillacs will carry. You can clearly see the design cues like vertical lighting and floating blades. In the video, the race car is named "Le Monstre" or "The Monster". It also carries the number 9. The new race car was created by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara. Dallara manufactures the current Cadillac race car. The new race car will be powered by an all-new 5.5L DOHC V-8 that will be paired to the LMDh common hybrid system.
Competing on the World Stage
In 2023, Cadillac will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The highlight of the World Endurance Championship is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The current Cadillac race team won its competition during the recent Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
“The Project GTP Hypercar is a unique convergence of form and function and showcases Cadillac’s future performance aesthetic,” said Chris Mikalauskas, lead exterior creative designer, Cadillac. “We have plenty more to come, from the upcoming race car to amazing production vehicles.”
Since 2017, Cadillac has been competing at the forefront of American sports car racing in the IMSA manufacturers championship achieving numerous wins, podiums and championships in the Cadillac DPi-V.R.
“Competing for the overall win at Le Mans with an iconic American brand like Cadillac is an honor,” said Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM sports car racing program manager. “The entire team is excited to continue building Cadillac’s racing legacy by competing against the very best internationally and in the world's toughest race.”
Cadillac’s commitment to performance is embodied in the V-Series portfolio. Its recent expansion includes the CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans, Escalade-V as well as the track-capable CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.
Cadillac Racing’s Successful Track Record
- In recent years, Cadillac has been successful with its racing. Cadillac won the International Motor Sports Association WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021, 2018 and 2017.
- Cadillac also won the Rolex 24 at Daytona four times in a row: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.
- Cadillac won the Michelin North American Endurance Cup four times: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.
The race car will begin on-track testing this summer and first race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2023.
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