Picture Perfect: First Photos of Cadillac CTS-V Racer Released

Preview sketches are interesting to inspect, but as the adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If that holds true, Cadillac has just published almost 13,000 words on its new CTS-V Coupe SCCA racer, which will make its first public appearance at next week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

As previously announced, Cadillac plans on fielding two cars (and, subsequently, teams) in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge. Both CTS-V Coupes have been built with the help of (longtime GM racing partner) Pratt & Miller to conform to GT Class regulations. As a result, both cars will be based off production vehicles, yet receive a number of parts and modifications designed for race duty. Precise specifications haven't been released, but seeing as GT class regulations allow for forced induction, it's possible a massaged form of the stock supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 will appear in both racers.

At this point, the only information released by GM's premium brand surround drivers. Corvette Racing star Johnny O'Connell has joined the team, as has Andy Pilgrim, who previously piloted CTS-Vs in Cadillac's last SCCA venture.

Further details on the SCCA-bound CTS-V Coupes may emerge during next week's Detroit auto show, but the full skinny may emerge only when the cars take to the track later in 2011.

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