2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

After a short hiatus, Cadillac will be hitting the track once again to compete in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge in 2011. Using their CTS-V Coupe , Cadillac will develop a new race car in cooperation with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports. Cadillac last saw the SCCA track in 2007 and will be returning next year with a two-car team.

The CTS-V Coupe will have to undergo plenty of modifications to meet up to the SCCA standards, but Cadillac has yet to announce what the changes for the future race car will include. Of course, the fact that the standard coupe gets a 556 HP V8 engine is reason enough for some teams to be shaking in their performance tires.

The first race at the SCCA World Challenge for the two CTS-V coupes will take place on March 25th-27th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Behind the wheel of the Cadillacs will be three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, Johnny O’Connell and 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class champion, Andy Pilgrim.

"The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge," said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance."

UPDATE 03/23/2011: Cadillac has marked the return of latest CTS-V Coupe race car to the racing track with a couple of new videos : one is a trailer of the car and the other one explains its origins. Enjoy!

UPDATE 05/04/2012: Cadillac has unveiled a new promo video for the CTS-V Racer featuring Team Cadillac drivers Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell as they prepare to take on the Utah Grand Prix in Round 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Cadillac announced today it will return to racing in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe competing in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge, North America’s top production-based racecar series.

The move returns Cadillac to a series where it competed from 2004 to 2007. Competing in the GT Class with the CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac captured the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

Cadillac will field two teams in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a racecar based on the CTS-V Coupe. The CTS-V line, which also includes the CTS-V Sedan and CTS-V Wagon, was recently named to Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Best list for 2011.

“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom.”

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports, to develop the CTS-V Coupe racecar. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series’ technical rules, every effort is taken to maintain as much production content as possible.

“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance.”

The first event in the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V racecars.

Introduced for the 2003 model year, the CTS-V has quickly earned a reputation among luxury sports car buyers. For the 2011 model year, Cadillac added the CTS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sport Wagon to the CTS-V Sport Sedan, creating an impressive family of performance vehicles. The CTS-Vs feature Brembo brakes, a supercharged 6.2L V8 delivering 556 horsepower and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that can read and react to the road 1,000 times a second.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

Started in 1944, the SCCA organizes and supports racing at all levels from amateur to professional. The World Challenge series is designed to provide teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a competitive production-based race series in which to prove their products. The races follow a 50-minute maximum time limit, with the number of laps and total distance determined by track configuration, lap times and race conditions.


51 comments:

thapt is thhe Awethsomeest carr i’’vi evverret sent

well its just a carbon fiber wings. why scare of it? maybe you mean to race with.. well of course "if looks could kill". right?

I really love the shape of the CTS-V, it looks more aggressive than the Ford Falcon and Chevy Cruze. plus the rear spoiler looks very scarry.

totally I agree, maybe because the spoiler of evo and subaru’s are stocked ones. but the spoiler installed in cadillac was a vortex one.

The color on the rear quarter panels, trunk and bumper make the car look less fat and overweight. Who will the drivers be? Will we see Andy Pilgrim back in a CTS-V?

Just like any top of model cars right now is also like an old model cars that is highly made and enhance the good service and standard of cars for today’s generation and because of this it is still known and used by many people.

Stunning. At least as captivating as any Mercedes tarted up in race livery. Will be very exciting to see this mix it up.

Stunning. At least as captivating as any Mercedes tarted up in race livery. Will be very exciting to see this mix it up.

Stunning. At least as captivating as any Mercedes tarted up in race livery. Will be very exciting to see this mix it up.

only renderings of the track machine were available, but now Caddy has released a whole selection of photos of what could very likely be next year’s championship contender.

Several weeks ago Cadillac officially confirmed its return to the SCCA’s World Challenge GT series for the 2011 season with the CTS-V Coupe.

it looks like a serious competitor on the race is waiting its turn on track.

GM is not the only manufacturer that gets rules adjusted to make their cars competitive with the wide variety of other types of cars in the field.

The company and GM have created a winning formula by working together. The two companies have seen plenty of victories over the years, taking six class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Corvette C6R and C5R.

I think this is an incredibly good looking car. The Brembo brakes, supercharged 6.2L V8 and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension system is nice too.

What’s also unclear is if this vehicle will be the last of the V-badged Cadillacs, as the HPVO team that nurtured the beast—and numerous other tire-melting GM cars—has been reassigned to other GM projects more focused on fuel economy and turning a healthy profit.

I’m also a little disappointed with the styling, not so much the front end, which I think is quite aggressive and appealing. My complaint it the rear end. Everything looks a bit too high up...especially the tail-lights. The exhaust pipes, coming from the center doesn’t agree with me either.

I’m wondering why they didn’t make the rear wheels bigger, I mean visually bigger, not just wider. With 20-30% increase in diameter the car would look much more aggressive!

I am just going to have to work another long and lonely year over here in Afghanistan because I am going to buy one of these monsters CASH!

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