Just before the 24-hour Le Mans of the world’s most famous endurance race, the Cadillac Project announced their return to the global racing stage with the GTP Hypercar, which will compete in 2023 in both the IMSA and WEC.
The car is co-developed by Cadillac and Dalla, and will be powered by a new 5.5L DOHC V8 engine coupled with the standard LMDh hybrid system. Despite being a prototype car that did not have to bear any resemblance to a road vehicle, GM wanted to create a design that was immediately recognized as a Cadillac, as was the case with many other manufacturer-supported prototypes. They accomplished this by incorporating their signature vertical lights, as well as the faded remnants of their corporate grille, topped with a Cadillac crest near the nose.
Cadillac has been competing in the IMSA Championship with DPi-VR in American sports car racing since 2017, and this new car will be for 2023 as well, but now, the automaker is planning to return to the global racing scene for the first time. Also competed in the WEC for 20 years (including Le Mans). The car will go through testing this summer, and in 2023 will be the first race of the Rolex 24 in Daytona.