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.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car High Resolution
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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.”

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car High Resolution Exterior
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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.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car Exterior Drawings
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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.

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51 comments:

  (858) posted on 12.21.2011

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.

  (630) posted on 10.3.2011

Nice accessories used for the car. Styled and concept wise, very futuristic and advanced. And one thing good to mention here is the engineering firm of Cadillac they assured only specialized people used and manipulate every component. Resulting for unique and creative concept from demanding and unending wants of the people.

  (570) posted on 07.11.2011

I wonder on what’s the record of the CTS-V Coupe in the Nurburgring track! The speed performance of this car is similar to a regular sportscar. I wonder why they haven’t customized its engine for the racing event?

  (553) posted on 07.11.2011

As expected from the Cadillac it has an impressive performance and the looks is quite aggressive though it can be subjected being a gas guzzler. For a racing car, this look so sporty.

  (580) posted on 05.31.2011

That was a great partnership! I wish they continue to produce high end units and remain one of the best for the upcoming years. Thanks for the info my friend! You really good in researching the details here.

  (579) posted on 05.31.2011

On exteriors, it looks good. For the car’s performance, I agree with everyone having such good specs has an edge to win the race.

  (477) posted on 05.9.2011

Wow! I really love on how the team creative makes this racing car looks good and powerful! Well, based from what I know.. looks is excluded in racing competition and speed matter most..

  (1211) posted on 05.3.2011

what can I say about this car except that it has a good look and performance. Its best competitor is the BMW M6! Well, when talking about the speed, it could go against a turbo charged car like Panamera!

  (714) posted on 04.27.2011

Well, Its definitely a exquisite car, This car suitable only for a racing competition
this hit race is kinda much much more impressive. And leads you to the right track off winning the battle.

  (518) posted on 04.5.2011

Well, for me, I like the speed and design of this car. And honestly, i want to see this car make a lap time record in Nurburgring!

  (570) posted on 04.5.2011

A coupe that was transform into a car racing? I think this car is not that powerful. However, I have find the design of the CTS-V kinda cool!

  (592) posted on 03.29.2011

Wow, they have totally upgraded the CTS-V. The car is really very good as it is, but these new set of add ons would certainly help boost its performance in the race.

  (347) posted on 03.28.2011

Looking from the work that they have done, we can say that they have improved this car a lot. They have even reinforced the inside for it to be able to withstand the race.

  (647) posted on 03.25.2011

Basing from those videos, it seems that this CTS-V would actually have a fair chance in the race. Now I have a team to root for, go Cadillac!

  (412) posted on 03.25.2011

From the l0oks of this car, it seems that Cadillac has really been preparing for this one. Just look at the amount of modifications that they have done on this one.

  (553) posted on 03.24.2011

Honestly, I have a little doubt about them winning on that race. Originally, Cadillac produced limousine cars that actually don’t care about the speed but glamor and luxury. Well, good luck to them for their modification process. 

  (428) posted on 03.24.2011

This one is actually rather surprising to me. I never thought that the CTS-V would actually make a good race car. I think of it as more of an executive car really.

  (462) posted on 03.24.2011

I think they have actually made a good choice on this one. The CTS-V is rather suitable for this kind of race, since it is pretty stable and easy to handle.

  (359) posted on 03.18.2011

Well, i think this is the most good looking coupe that i have seen so far. My first impression with the coupe is its actually boring but when i got to see this car it totally change! I can’t wait to test drive this car. And how much this baby will cost?

  (345) posted on 03.14.2011

I wish they make the corner more better. And hope that Cadillac would make a model racing for GT1.

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