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Cadillac’s Prototype DPi-V.R Race Car is Ferocious

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Cadillac is back at it again, bringing one of the most ferocious race cars to the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series. Being called the 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R, this race car will be competing in the Prototype (P) class and will be driven by teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing.

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“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, in a press release from the automaker. “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.”


Powering the car is a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine, similar to the one found in the third-generation CTS-V. For the prototype, 600 hp will be on tap, with a max RPM of 7,600. Here’s a quick comparison between the CTS-V and the new DPi-V.R race car:

Detail Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac DPi-V.R
Engine Type 6.2L/376 cu in 6.2L/376 cu in
Induction Supercharged V-8 Naturally aspirated V-8
Fuel System Direct fuel injection Fuel injection
Horsepower 640 @ 6,400 RPM 600 @ 6,800 RPM (approx.)
Torque 630 lb.- ft. @ 3600 RPM Series spec based
Lubrication Semi-wet sump, 1.0 G Dry sump
Transmission 8-speed automatic with LC Transverse sequential
Brakes Brembo 4-wheel disc, 2-piece Brembo 4-wheel disc
Weight 4,141 lbs. (1,878 kg.) 2,050 lbs. (930 kg.)
Final Drive Electronically variable Viscous mechanical limited slip
limited slip



Be sure to check out the race series next year to see the Cadillac DPi-V.R in action.

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