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Put To The Test In Long Beach

Cadillac XLR Drift Car

The Cadillac XLR never got past its first generation, which ranged from 2004 to 2009. The two-passenger roadster had a lot of fantastic things going for it, including a near 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, power retractable hardtop, head-up display, adaptive suspension, and rear-mounted suspension. It was the first production Cadillac with radar-based adaptive cruise control and the first to offer heated and cooled seats. And, a hard-top convertible roof. Don’t forget, this thing shared the same bones as the C5 Corvette.

Cadillac XLR Drift Car: Details

Unfortunately, the Cadillac XLR never saw production beyond 2009, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its fanbase. Would you believe us if we told you someone took one of these fantastic cars and converted it into something that will be heading to competition as a drift car? Yup, this is the Cadillac XLR drift car showcased by Jonathan Cash on Instagram, and it’s not just a standard XLR with a new paint job, different wheels, and a couple of stickers slapped onto it. This thing has truly received some serious TLC.

Under the hood of the first Cadillac XLR drift car is a twin G35-900 turbo 427 ci engine, which is prepared for battle. It’s unclear how much power the engine produces, but it’s safe to say a lot. We can also see in some of the photos that the cooling system for the car has been mounted out the back, which was a must due to how much space the engine takes up, and keep in mind that the front of this car is not at all small.

Recently, the Cadillac XLR drift car was put to the test in Long Beach, pitted against an S650 Ford Mustang drift car and other impressive builds. It left its mark, burning rubber and looking cool, as is a legal obligation for any drift car.


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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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