Following an announcement in late December, Cadillac will return to racing in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe. It will compete in the production-based World Challenge Championships racecar series.
The brand returns to the series it competed in from 2004 to 2007, during which time it captured the GT Manufacturer's Championship in 2005 and 2007, as well as the GT Driver's Championship in 2005.
For the 2011 World Challenge GT season, Cadillac will field two teams in the CTS-V Coupe. The cars will be driven by Johnny O'Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 World Challenge GT Driver's Championship in a Cadillac.
"World Challenge is excited to welcome Cadillac back into the series in 2011," said Dave Drimmie, VP, Marketing and Communications for WC Vision. "The CTS-V Sport Sedans were huge fan favorites and created a lot of buzz in the paddock when they ran in the series a few years ago, and I know the CTS-V Coupe will be no different. Our fans are in for a treat with Pilgrim and O'Connell piloting these racecars."
"Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe," said Don Butler, Vice President for Cadillac Marketing. "The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, not just the showroom."
Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, an engineering firm from New Hudson, MI, to develop the CTS-V Coupe racecar. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series' technical rules, every effort is taken to maintain as much production content as possible.
The first event on the World Challenge 2011 schedule is a double-header, March 25-27, on the streets of St Petersburg, FL, as part of the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg IZOD IndyCar weekend.
Eight events and 12 races make up the 22nd consecutive year of the World Challenge Championships and will showcase Sports Car Wars as World Challenge competitors once again compete for Driver, Manufacturer and Team Championships in the individual GT, GTS and Touring Car categories.
For the 2011 model year, Cadillac is adding the CTS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sport Wagon to the CTS-V Sport Sedan, creating a family of performance vehicles. The CTS-V features Brembo brakes, a supercharged 6.2L V8 delivering 556hp and Magnetic Ride Control suspension that reads and reacts to the road.