Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car tuned to meet SCCS regulations

When it comes to racing, there are big auto manufacturers that come to mind and Cadillac in not one of them. However the stereotyping should end as they have proven to be successful when they had competed in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge. After a long hiatus in this event, the known luxury car maker is being noticed when they put their CTS-V coupe in the racing circuit.  Over the past years, this car model has proven to be successful since they introduced the GT class because it had won in 2005 and 2007. According to the management of Cadillac, joining the event is a great way for people to learn about the performance and capacity of the CTS-V coupe. The performance of this car in the racing event outperforms their competition not just on the racing track but also in the showroom.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car rear view

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car rear view

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car side view

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car side view

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car

Compared to other racing events, the SCCA is somewhat different as they don’t feature extreme cars but rather they show off cars that are production based.  They made a whole lot of changes in the CTS-V coupe so that it will become a total race car. In fact the transformation was made by a combination of General Motors and engineers from Pratt & Miller. The engineering firm made the Cadillac significantly lighter.  They also added safety measures that will meet the regulations of SCCA. This would also include revising the engine based on the organizer’s standard. They also added an aerodynamic package on the car model.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car top view

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car top view

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS RaceCar winning at Mid-Ohio

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS RaceCar winning at Mid-Ohio

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car on the track

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car on the track

The first weight saving measures they did is to strip of the interior. They replaced the dashboard with a unit made from lightweight carbon fiber. This is something that houses that gauges and also added driver seats made from Recaro. The main pillars were also drilled to shed off a few pounds. This move also added strength to the car. The glass on the car was also replaced by lightweight Lexan not just for safety but as part of a weight saving method. As a result, the CTS-V race car is meeting all the safety and design regulations of the SCCA.

Inside the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car

Inside the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car

The car is also featuring roll cage and suppression system. The company also requested to replace the car’s body panels into carbon fiber. This was approved by the SCCA. There is a  front lip spoiler, rear spoiler and diffuser that are made from a composite material. Under the hood, it retains the 6.2 liter V8 engine and they ditch the supercharger but in the near future they expect to be allowed. The CTS-V coupe is about 3100 lbs and lesser than 900 lbs. It is able to produce about 550 horsepower that makes the race car more competitive than any other car in the circuit.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car wheel

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car wheel

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car engine

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCS Race Car engine

 

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