Cadillac revealed the all-new 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R

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Cadillac DPi-V.R | Image from Cadillac Racing
Cadil­lac DPi-V.R | Image from Cadil­lac Rac­ing

NEW YORK Cadil­lac revealed the all-new 2017 Cadil­lac DPi-V.R race car and announced that it will com­pete in the 2017 IMSA Weath­erTech Sports­Car Cham­pi­onship series, Pro­to­type ℗ class.

The 2017 Cadil­lac DPi-V.R will first be dri­ven com­pet­i­tive­ly at the 2017 IMSA sea­son open­er — the Rolex 24 At Day­tona on Jan. 28–29, 2017 — by teams from Wayne Tay­lor Rac­ing and Action Express Rac­ing.

Cadillac DPi-V.R | Image from Cadillac Racing
Cadil­lac DPi-V.R | Image from Cadil­lac Rac­ing


The IMSA Weath­erTech Sports­Car Cham­pi­onship series is the fastest and most tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced sports car rac­ing series in North Amer­i­ca.

Cadil­lac is proud to return to the pin­na­cle of pro­to­type rac­ing in North Amer­i­ca after a 14-year absence,” said Johan de Nyss­chen, pres­i­dent of Cadil­lac. “Cadillac’s V-Per­for­mance pro­duc­tion mod­els — the ATS-V and CTS-V — are trans­form­ing our brand’s prod­uct sub­stance, earn­ing a place among the world’s elite high per­for­mance mar­ques. The Cadil­lac DPi-V.R fur­ther strength­ens our V-Per­for­mance port­fo­lio, plac­ing Cadil­lac into the high­est series of sports car rac­ing in North Amer­i­ca.”

Cadillac DPi-V.R Teams Exercise at Daytona
Cadil­lac DPi-V.R Teams Exer­cise at Day­tona


The all-new Cadil­lac DPi-V.R has been designed to con­tribute to the func­tion­al per­for­mance of the pro­to­type using ele­ments gleaned from the cur­rent line­up of Cadil­lac V-Per­for­mance mod­els, espe­cial­ly the CTS-V super­sedan. Above all, the DPi-V.R was devel­oped to per­form, via test­ing in the wind tun­nel and engi­neer­ing devel­op­ment.

The DPi-V.R race car was an excit­ing new can­vas for the Cadil­lac design and sculpt­ing team,” said Andrew Smith, Glob­al Cadil­lac Design exec­u­tive direc­tor. “The stu­dio embraced the oppor­tu­ni­ty to inter­pret the Cadil­lac form lan­guage, line work and graph­ic sig­na­ture for this pre­mier pro­to­type rac­ing appli­ca­tion.  Every detail of the final design was select­ed to sup­port the car’s on-track per­for­mance and unmis­tak­able Cadil­lac pres­ence.”

The design details giv­ing the DPi-V.R car its dis­tinc­tive Cadil­lac appear­ance and pres­ence include the ver­ti­cal light­ing sig­na­ture; the sheer, sculp­tur­al qual­i­ty of the body and bold body­side fea­ture line; V-Per­for­mance wheels with Brem­bo brakes; V-Per­for­mance emblems; and a canopy graph­ic inspired by the Cadil­lac day­light open­ing. Even sub­tle cues such as the cool­ing vents and the air intake were designed in the stu­dio, the lat­ter in the trape­zoidal shape of the Cadil­lac crest.

The DPi-V.R is equipped with the new Rear Cam­era Mir­ror first seen on the Cadil­lac CT6 Sedan and avail­able on the Cadil­lac CTS, XT5 and Escalade for the 2017 mod­el year.

Cadillac DPi-V.R | Image from Cadillac Racing
Cadil­lac DPi-V.R | Image from Cadil­lac Rac­ing


The Cadil­lac DPi-V.R is pro­pelled by a race-pre­pared, nor­mal­ly aspi­rat­ed Cadil­lac 6.2 liter V-8 engine that shares inher­ent archi­tec­ture with the engines of the third-gen­er­a­tion Cadil­lac CTS-V (640 horse­pow­er) and fifth-gen­er­a­tion Cadil­lac Escalade (420 horse­pow­er). The engine pro­duces approx­i­mate­ly 600 horse­pow­er when tuned for rac­ing as defined by IMSA-man­dat­ed air restric­tors, with a max­i­mum allow­able RPM of 7,600. The engine trans­fers pow­er to the rear wheels through an X-TRAC pad­dle-shift trans­mis­sion.

Cadil­lac and its design­ers col­lab­o­rat­ed with key part­ners includ­ing chas­sis builder Dal­lara, teams from Wayne Tay­lor Rac­ing and Action Express Rac­ing and ECR Engines to pre­pare the 6.2-liter V-8-pow­ered Cadil­lac DPi-V.R over the past year.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the 2017 IMSA Weath­erTech Sports­Car Cham­pi­onship series, includ­ing the 2017 sched­ule, can be viewed at


Joao Lamares

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