Cadillac car maker has unveiled new car racing and want will comes 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. 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 move back into a series where the Cadillac fought from 2004 to 2007. The competition in the GT class with the CTS-V sports sedan Cadillac won the manufacturer’s championship in 2005 and 2007 and the drivers championship in 2005.
Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports said “The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,”and said “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.”
Cadillac will field two teams based in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT class with a race car based on the Cadillac CTS-V coupe. The CTS-V line, the CTS-V sedan and wagon, was recently named to Car and Driver magazine 10 best list for 2011.
Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac said “Return to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to increase performance and show the capabilities of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe,” and also said “The race cars in this series are the production, we confirm our performance against the best competitors on the track, not only allowed in the showroom.”