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CADILLAC RETURNING TO LE MANS IN 2023 WITH 5.5L V8 HYPERCAR

The Dallara-Built Race Car Will Globally Compete In Both IMSA And WEC.

2023 Cadillac GTP Hypercar IMSA WEC Le Mans
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2023 marks 100 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. For motorsports fans everywhere, Le Mans is a can’t-miss event, and a true pilgrimage to attend. And for the first time in 20 years, Cadillac is racing there. Introducing the brand spankin’ new race car that conforms to both IMSA and WEC regulations. Testing begins almost immediately, and the car will make its racing debut in January at the 2023 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

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Globally, the Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar race car will be fielded in the IMSA GTP class by the Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing teams, while Ganassi will also field a car in the FIA WEC Hypercar class.

The integration of Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara started at the very beginning of the program, allowing the race car to a look that’s truly unmistakable, with stealth-fighter angles, buttresses, and all sorts of beautiful details that pay both homage to Cadillac’s production cars, as well as its proud motorsports history.

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Powering this exceptionally beautiful race car is something that GM does best: a V8 engine. But not just any V8. Compared to the Small Block-based blocks that power the outgoing, championship-winning DPi Cadillacs, this engine is a new dual-overhead-cam design, displacing 5.5-liters. The same can be said for the Corvette Racing C8.R, but Cadillac won’t divulge too much into whether or not the engines are essentially the same. Moreover, this racecar is a hybrid – a first for Cadillac Racing. This engineering transfer is likely to trickle into a future production car of some kind, the C8 Corvette Zora for one, but none of that is official as of now.

By competing in the WEC’s top class, the Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar seeks to take the overall win at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, where General Motors will represent its performance brands like it never has before. Because along with the new Cadillac Hypercar, Corvette Racing is expected to return with the C8.R, and Hendrick Motorsports is fielding a freakin’ Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR to raise American hell on unsuspecting French racing enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans waves the green flag this Saturday.

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Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar IMSA WEC LMDh
Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar front

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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