Continuing to demonstrate its technical capabilities and high-performance credentials, Cadillac today announced a race-going version of the CTS-V sport sedan, the most powerful car in the brands lineup. The race car, named CTS-V race car, will compete in the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge, a highly competitive North American race series for production based cars.
CTS-V race car is the first race car developed by GM Racing in conjunction with the new GM Performance Division, an in-house center designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models. The CTS-V, introduced in late 2003 as a 2004 model, signaled Cadillacs entry into the low-volume, high-performance luxury car niche, and was the first vehicle to wear the divisions high-performance V-series badge.
By weight, the CTS-V race car is 73 percent stock-derived. The production CTS-V and CTS-V race car share common technology in the form of the all-aluminum V-8 engine, front and rear suspension, steering system, differential and halfshafts and talent, as the engineers who conceived the CTS-V for street use were directly involved in the creation of the race car.
Like the CTS and CTS-V, which were refined and validated at Germanys famed NÃ¼rburgring, the CTS-V race car will prove itself on the most challenging racing circuits in North America. A two-car, factory-backed effort from Cadillac will debut at the SCCA World Challenge race supporting the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 2004. Championship-winning sports car racers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim will drive the works Cadillacs.
The CTS-V race car will feature a 5.7L overhead valve V-8 engine. It will produce more than 500 horsepower with a maximum rpm of 7600. It will have a 25-gallon fuel tank to carry enough fuel for the 50-minute sprint races that comprise the series without requiring a pit stop. Its top speed is estimated to be in excess of 165 mph.
Cadillac products for the 2004 model year include the CTS sport sedan, CTS-V, SRX luxury utility, Seville, DeVille, XLR luxury roadster, and the most powerful utilities on the planet; Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.gm.com/cadillac.
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Story by General Motors Corp, edited by Supercars.net