Cadillac Racing is ready to debut the all-new Cadillac ATS-V.R race car in the opening round of the Pirelli World Challenge Series at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas, March 6-8.
The ATS-V.R is the racing extension of the upcoming 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe. The race car encompasses more than a decade of V-Series engineering experience into the brand’s first compact performance model. The new ATS-V.R meets international FIA GT3 specifications, a pedigree that allows it to potentially run in more than 30 different GT series around the world. New to the program is the revolutionary twin turbocharged V6 LF4 engine. The race version, named LF4.R developed by GM Powertrain, has received race specific modifications to meet the demands of the FIA GT3 specification.
Throughout the 24 month development cycle, which used the already performance built ATS-V Coupe as the baseline, the team took answers from computer simulations, data from the previous generation CTS-V.R and the latest in racing technology to create the ATS-V.R. In September of 2014 the all-new car hit the track for the first time. Since then the team has progressed through a testing plan that will continue through the racing season. While accumulating test miles over the fall and winter at various locations, the teams at GM and Pratt & Miller Engineering were simultaneously building the two primary race cars.