Cadillac isn’t any stranger to worldwide motorsports, even in sports activities prototype racing, which is often dominated by European manufacturers outdoors North America. Cadillac final raced a prototype on the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2002, when it ran a program to focus on the efficiency of its Northstar V-8. Now it is set to return to Le Mans with its newest sports activities prototype, the V-Collection.R LMDh.
Cadillac on Monday confirmed it can enter three V-Collection.R LMDh race automobiles within the premier Hypercar class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race automobiles made their competitors debut in January throughout the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the automotive fielded by Cadillac Racing and Chip Ganassi completed in third place, behind a pair of Acura ARX-06 LMDh automobiles.
The Le Mans race is the spotlight of the World Endurance Championship, whose premier Hypercar class is open to each LMDh and LMH race automobiles. Cadillac has entered one V-Collection.R within the full FIA World Endurance Championship season. Two of the automobiles are additionally racing within the full season of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, whose personal premier GTP class can also be open to each LMDh and LMH race automobiles.
Set to drive the three V-Collection.R automobiles at Le Mans will likely be Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, and Richard Westbrook in a single automotive; Sébastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, and Scott Dixon in one other; and Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims, and Jack Aitken within the third and closing automotive.
The V-Collection.R makes use of a Dallara chassis and a hybrid powertrain with a dual-overhead cam 5.5-liter V-8 for the internal-combustion part. Underneath LMDh guidelines, mixed output for the gasoline engine and any electrical help is capped at 670 hp.
The Le Mans race is scheduled for the weekend of June 10.
The World Endurance Championship is not the one worldwide area Cadillac is trying to dominate. The automaker additionally goals to enter Formulation 1 with a brand new workforce established in partnership with Andretti International, dad or mum firm of Andretti Autosport. Nonetheless, timing for the proposed entry is unsure.