• Cadillac’s Project GTP Hypercar Will Race Le Mans, But It Previews Something More Important

It will also race the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Cadillac has been racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series since 2017. During this period, the car competing was the DPi-V.R, which achieved numerous wins, podiums, and championships. Starting next year, Cadillac will have a new GTP Hypercar racing the series. The model will also be part of the grid for next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans - two decades after Cadillac’s last participation. As no surprise, the announcement was made just a few days after BMW announced its contender for the same series, which means there will be some serious competition on the race track this year.

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Cadillac announced its new Project GTP Hypercar - a race car that will be used during the 2023 IMSA

"Cadillac will be competing again on the world racing stage, and we are all thrilled to return to Le Mans after 20 years," said Global Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey. "By competing in both the 2023 IMSA and WEC championships, Cadillac Racing has the opportunity to demonstrate its capability, craftsmanship and technology."

The race car features design elements from Cadillac’s roadgoing vehicles. For example, the vertically oriented headlights are somewhat similar to the ones found in the CT-4 Blackwing. As per the LMDh requirements that car also features a huge wing, but the really cool feature of this racer is that large fin that splits the rear end. A large front splitter, big wheel arches with large air scoops for improved cooling, and floating blades complete the exterior picture and give the racer a very mean look.

Cadillac's Project GTP Hypercar Will Race Le Mans, But It Previews Something More Important Exterior
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And, after an absence of 20 years, it will also race the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The race car previews the company’s future design language, too, for both race and road-going cars: “The Project GTP Hypercar is a unique convergence of form and function and showcases Cadillac’s future performance aesthetic,” said Chris Mikalauskas, lead exterior creative designer, Cadillac. “We have plenty more to come, from the upcoming race car to amazing production vehicles."

According to the LMDh regulations, the new race car will be powered by an all-new 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 engine paired to a hybrid system that combines a Bosch electric motor, a Xtrac sequential gearbox, and the lithium-ion traction battery offered by Williams Advanced Engineering. Just like all the other LMDh cars, Cadillac’s new GTP Hypercar is built on a 3,148 mm (123.93 inches) wheelbase and measures 5,100 mm (200.78 inches) in length and 2,000 mm (78.74 inches) in width.

Cadillac's Project GTP Hypercar Will Race Le Mans, But It Previews Something More Important Exterior
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And that huge fin creates a very cool effect

The new Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar will begin its testing session later this summer and will make its race debut at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. After that, it will race the famous Le Mans race, where it will have to face strong competition from Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Peugeot, and Porsche.

Alina Moore
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