Cadillac is now getting back into purpose-built racing prototypes in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship with its new Cadillac DPi-V.R, and it looks fantastic. It is built to the new DPi spec for the series’ top Prototype class, and will make its debut at 2017 24 Hours of Daytona next January. The move marks Cadillac’s first foray into top flight prototype endurance racing since 2002.
This type of endurance racing is sort of tricky to understand, but basically, there are 2 groups that compete: prototypes and sports cars.
Prototypes, like the new Cadillac, are the most exotic vehicles at the race. They are test beds for new technologies and endurance racing is where they face their sternest test. At the Rolex 24 race in Daytona, FL. next year, which is where the Cadillac will make its debut, the cars run for 24 hours.
The sports cars, however, are race-car versions of road cars. The Corvettes look like Vettes, the Ferrari 488s look like Ferrari 488s, and the Ford GTs look like Ford GTs. They aren’t as fast as the prototypes, though, which are outright winners of the races they are entered in alongside the sports cars.
Two teams will take to Daytona International Speedway at the end of January in the Caddy prototype, Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing, Cadillac said.
Cadillac Dpi-V.R Performance:
Power output for the DPi-V.R won’t be finalized until closer to the start of the 2017 season, determined by the IMSA’s Balance of Performance calculations. Expect the endurance Caddy to pump out 600 horses, with a maximum engine speed of 7600 RPM, and moving the 2050-lb. car through a sequential X-TRAC paddle-shift gearbox spinning the rear wheels. Yes, that means the 640-horsepower CTS-V you can buy at your local Caddy store will out-muscle the automaker’s most cutting-edge racer.