The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is all kinds of badass. Yes, it’s archaic, but we can’t help but love a big-honkin’ American car with 556 horsepower and enough torque to peel pavement. The guys responsible for that chiseled block of awesome are going racing.
Cadillac announced Monday it’s returning to the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge next year. GM’s luxury marque will field two teams in the GT class, both running cars based on the CTS-V Coupe. The AWC is North America’s top production-based race-car series; Cadillac captured the manufacturer’s championship in the GT class in 2005 and 2007 and took the driver’s championship in 2005.
Left to right: Vinnie Ciaravino, Greg Zeigler and Mike West build one of two Cadillac CTS-V race cars at Pratt & Miller. A rendering of the car and the obligatory video below.
“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing, said in a statement. “The race cars 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.”
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 drive the cars. Cadillac is working with engineering firm Pratt & Miller, which specializes in motor racing, to develop them. Of course the cars will feature mods and equipment required for racing, but Cadillac wants to keep the cars as original as possible.
“The series will become a key test bed for Cadillac,” Jim Campbell, GM vice president for performance vehicles and motor sports, said in a statement. “We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting edge of performance.”
The cars’ performance remains to be seen, but we love the Mondrianesque livery.
Image: Here’s what the car will look like when it hits the grid.
Courtesy General Motors