Cadillac previews upcoming prototype racer with Project GTP Hypercar

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jun 10, 2022 | Cadillac, LMDh, GTP, Project GTP Hypercar

Photography Courtesy Cadillac

Today, Cadillac unveiled its Project GTP Hypercar, a preview of what the brand plans to compete with in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's GTP class and the World Endurance Championship's Le Mans Hypercar class.


Developed in conjunction with Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara, the look of the car is meant to combine key elements from Cadillac’s heritage with the high-tech shape of the upcoming GTP/LMH racers.

[IMSA GTP is back]

Powering the new race car will be an “all-new” 5.5-liter V8 paired to the LMDh common hybrid system.

Expect to see the race-ready Cadillac testing on track this summer, and look for the car to make its racing debut at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

A few days earlier, BMW and Acura showed off their upcoming GTP entries:

 

 

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/9/22 11:43 a.m.

That carbon though

 

Driven5
Driven5 UberDork
6/9/22 11:59 a.m.

Developed in conjunction with Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara, the look of the car is meant to combine key elements from Pixar's "Cars" franchise with the high-tech shape of the upcoming GTP/LMH racers.

 

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass HalfDork
6/9/22 12:07 p.m.

Holy crap that's hot!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/9/22 12:17 p.m.
hybridmomentspass said:

Holy crap that's hot!

Dang, yes. 

And hopefully someone runs one in bare carbon. :) 

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 PowerDork
6/9/22 1:48 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
hybridmomentspass said:

Holy crap that's hot!

Dang, yes. 

And hopefully someone runs one in bare carbon. :) 

Given Cadillac's less than exciting liveries on their current DPi cars, I'm guessing they won't. 

j_tso
j_tso GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/9/22 4:33 p.m.

With the way the body points forwards GM could easily switch the branding to a Corvette.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/9/22 4:51 p.m.

In reply to j_tso :

Now that you mention that, I do see a lot of Corvette in that nose.

Noddaz
Noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/9/22 6:21 p.m.

And clever use of a clear dorsal fin...

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/9/22 9:56 p.m.

Suprised they are branding it for Caddy, but it looks good. Maybe a new XLR in the future?

trumant
trumant GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/9/22 10:28 p.m.

How does this sell more Escalades?

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
6/9/22 10:31 p.m.
trumant said:

How does this sell more Escalades?

I've wondered that ever since they got involved in IMSA

j_tso
j_tso GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/9/22 10:59 p.m.

In reply to trumant :

They're still trying to shake off the grandpa image. Racing (and the Blackwing) is supposed to establish Caddy as a performance brand and lure buyers from BMW and Mercedes.

carguy123
carguy123 UltimaDork
6/9/22 11:30 p.m.

Awesome looking.  I want one for my track car

Masterdebator
Masterdebator New Reader
6/10/22 7:21 a.m.

What's the point? 

wae
wae PowerDork
6/10/22 7:53 a.m.
j_tso said:

With the way the body points forwards GM could easily switch the branding back to a Corvette.

FTFY

It looks good.  I really like how each manufacturer is able to include their design language into the prototype cars.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 PowerDork
6/10/22 8:48 a.m.

In reply to j_tso :

They've had V cars for close to 20 years now. 20 years since they had their LMP900 cars. That's a long time to shake off an image. Maybe GM corporatism is the issue. 

BA5
BA5 GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/10/22 9:31 a.m.

"I'll take one Cadillac GTP hypercar, please"

fidelity101
fidelity101 UberDork
6/10/22 9:35 a.m.
trumant said:

How does this sell more Escalades?

who cares! #sendit

ARrotard
ARrotard None
6/10/22 10:43 a.m.

In reply to triumph7 :

It builds excitement for the overall GM brand. I doubt the Acura version sells more MDX's or Honda Ridgelines but helps to bolster the Honda/Acura name. When the first gen CTS-V came out I seriously considered getting rid of my M5 for one. In hindsight I wish I had. 

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
6/10/22 11:14 a.m.

I can't wait for all of the new GTP/Le Mans prototype cars.  The next few years of sports car racing could end up rivaling the glory IMSA GTP days.

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