After the disastrous experience in the American Le Mans Series with Northstar LMP, Cadillac decided to focus on other projects. The company then started the development of a competition variant of the new Cadillac CTS-V.
This car was the high-performance version of the CTS. Presented in 2004 and thanks to the participation of the Speed World Challenge championship, Cadillac aimed at giving to the car much coverage as possible.
CADILLAC CTS-V RACER
The CTS-V Racer was the first car developed jointly by GM Racing and the GM Performance. The two decided to base the car on a steel frame reinforced with a safety roll-bar.
Equipped with a new aerodynamic body kit, the car had a V8 5.7 engine managed by a six-speed manual gearbox and combined with rear-wheel drive.
Capable of delivering 500 hp with a torque of 570 nm, the engine allowed the Racer to reach a top speed of 265 km / h.
Taken into the race between the 2004 and 2007 seasons, the CTS-V always managed to achieve excellent results and in 2005 it managed to win the championship thanks to the British driver Andy Pilgrim.
CADILLAC CTS-V COUPE' GT
After its removal in 2007, Cadillac took 3 years to develop a new CTS-V competition variant.
The company presented the new CTS-V Coupe GT only in 2011 for the Pirelli World Challenge.
Equipped with a steel frame reinforced with a safety roll-bar, the car was a project by Pratt & Miller. Based on the second generation coupe model with a new 6.2 V8 engine from 560 hp managed by a six-speed manual gearbox.
The car proved to be considerably more competitive than the previous one, winning three seasons in a row between 2012 and 2014 thanks to the American driver Johnny O'Connell.
At the start of the 2015 championship, the car was replaced by the more modern ATS-V nevertheless still the protagonist of one of the most important sports pages in the history of Cadillac.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation