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Cadillac goes into ‘hyper’ drive

Riley Riley

Looking suspiciously like the latest Batmobile, the Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar previews the next race car from the high end American marque.

That’s because Cadillac is getting ready to contest the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans — all in 2023.

“Cadillac will be competing again on the world racing stage, and we are all thrilled to return to Le Mans after 20 years,” Global Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey said.

“By competing in both the 2023 IMSA and WEC championships, Cadillac Racing has the opportunity to demonstrate its capability, craftsmanship and technology.”

Co-developed by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara, the Project GTP Hypercar incorporates key brand design characteristics.

Elements of the brand’s heritage such as vertical lighting and floating blades are present throughout and connect the Project GTP Hypercar to the future of Cadillac.

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.

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.

“The Project GTP Hypercar is a unique convergence of form and function and showcases Cadillac’s future performance aesthetic,” lead exterior creative designer, Chris Mikalauskas, said.

“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,” GM sports car racing program manager, Laura Wontrop Klauser, said.

“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.”

Recent racing achievements include:

  • Winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship three times: 2021, 2018 and 2017
  • Winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona four times in a row: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Winning the Michelin North American Endurance Cup four times: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Prior to competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Cadillac competed in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, earning five Manufacturer’s Championships (2014, 2013, 2012, 2007, 2005), and five Driver’s Championships (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2005).

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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