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Cadillac to make Le Mans return with Challenge GTP Hypercar | Autocar India

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Cadillac’s new LMDh race automotive will tackle opponents from Porsche, BMW, Toyota and extra within the WEC and IMSA championships subsequent yr.

Cadillac has unveiled the Challenge GTP Hypercar racer with which it would compete in subsequent yr’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. As a part of its WEC bid, the carmaker will tackle the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans for the primary time in 21 years.

  • Challenge GTP Hypercar makes use of Dallara chassis
  • Cadillac to return to Le Mans for the primary time since 2002

Cadillac Challenge GTP Hypercar particulars

Utilizing a Dallara chassis – identical to the just lately revealed BMW M Hybrid V8 – the Challenge GTP Hypercar can be powered by an all-new 5.5-litre V8 with dual-overhead-camshaft. This can work along with the regulation-spec hybrid system, which makes use of a 49hp electrical motor with batteries constructed by Williams Superior Engineering built-in into an Xtrac gearbox.

The styling is paying homage to the agency’s extremely profitable DPi-V.R prototype, which has been racing in IMSA since 2017. Its vertical headlights and aggressive bumpers hyperlink again to the agency’s performance-focused highway automobiles, such because the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

The automotive is because of start testing later this yr, earlier than making its racing debut on the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Entries can be run by Chip Ganassi Racing and Motion Categorical Racing, each of whom at the moment use the DPi-V.R.

Cadillac to return to Le Mans

The Cadillac Challenge GTP Hypercar will race at Le Mans in 2023. This marks the producer’s return to the 24-hour endurance race for the primary time since 2002, when a pair of factory-backed Northstar LMP prototypes completed ninth and 12th.

Small badges behind the entrance wheel arches of the Challenge GTP Hypercar bear the identify ‘Le Monstre’ in reference to the first-ever Cadillac Le Mans prototype, which completed 11th at Le Mans in 1950.

Laura Wontrop Klauser, Normal Motors’ sportscar racing programme supervisor, mentioned: “Competing for the general win at Le Mans with an iconic American model like Cadillac is an honour. All the group is happy to proceed constructing Cadillac’s racing legacy by competing towards the easiest internationally and on the earth’s hardest race.”

Cadillac vp Rory Harvey added, “We’re all thrilled to return to Le Mans after 20 years. By competing in each, the 2023 IMSA and WEC championships, Cadillac Racing has the chance to display its functionality, craftsmanship and expertise.”

Cadillac to compete with Porsche, BMW

The race automotive is constructed to Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh) laws, which permit it to compete in each, the WEC and IMSA’s GTP class. It is going to tackle opponents from Porsche, BMW and Acura subsequent yr, with Lamborghini and Alpine set to hitch in 2024.

IMSA’s GTP class will even enable automobiles from the World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar class to race, that means that the Challenge GTP Hypercar can be racing towards the Toyota GR010 Hybrid and Peugeot 9X8 at Daytona in 2023.


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