The latest – and possibly the greatest – Cadillac Prototype will hit the racetrack at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona next year – signaling an end to a 14-year long hiatus.
The US luxury automaker has decided to return to the world of endurance racing – just as Audi is making an exit due to the Dieselgate scandal – in a thundering appearance none the less, with the Daytona Prototype confirmed to race in the DPi class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting next year. Cadillac’s DPi-V.R, like many other models, is actually based on the Dallara LMP2 chassis – the same as seen in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Due to the latest regulations, Cadillac and other manufacturers can slightly modify parts such as the nose, side pods, and rear-wheel arches to distinguish the vehicles from the rest.
The prototype is motivated by a naturally-aspirated 600-horsepower (447-kilowatt) 6.2-liter V8 built by Earnhardt Childress Racing – the same engine as seen in Chevrolet-badged Daytona Prototypes, and with the only link to production high-performance machines like the supercharged CTS-V sedan and Escalade SUV being the displacement. “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,” said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen.