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Cadillac DPi-V.R Set for 2017 IMSA Debut


Cadillac DPi-V.R Set for 2017 IMSA Debut

It might be hard to believe for the new generation who has learned to associate the name Cadillac with the Escalade and “pimp” cars, but the American automaker has a fairly illustrious racing history. And now they want to regain the glory of the old days with this, the 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R endurance racer which they will enter in the P Class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series next year.


Looking distinctively Caddish but in a good way, the Cadillac DPi-V.R benefits immensely from the car maker’s experiences in making V-Performance road cars. It gets, for instance, V-Performance wheels with Brembo brakes; V-Performance emblems; and a canopy graphic inspired by the Cadillac daylight opening. The race car even has the same Rear Camera Mirror first seen on the Cadillac CT6 Sedan.

Powering the P series racer is a normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2 liter V-8 engine which is basically the same unit you find in the CTS-V model, but tuned for racing with to IMSA-mandated air restrictors which limits the rpm to 7,600 and the output to around 600 horsepower. The V8 is mated to an XTRAC paddle-shift transmission that spins the rear wheels.

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“Cadillac is proud to return to the pinnacle of prototype racing in North America after a 14-year absence,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “Cadillac’s V-Performance production models — the ATS-V and CTS-V — are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a place among the world’s elite high performance marques. The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America.”

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