Shakedown: Cadillac Tests CTS-V Coupe Racer Before SCCA Debut

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We saw it in person at Detroit, but it appears the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car is one step closer to competition. The new purpose-built race machine hit the track for the first time this week for testing at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

Cadillac will be reentering the SCCA World Challenge GT series this year with a new CTS-V Coupe racer at the season start in March. This will not be the first time that Cadillac has competed in the World Challenge series. It previously competed with first-generation CTS-V sedan racers from 2004 through 2007, winning the Manufacturer’s Championship in both 2005 and 2007. Veteran racers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim (the latter was involved with Cadillac’s last foray into SCCA) will be behind the wheel of the brand’s new racer during the 2011 season.

The SCCA World Challenge differs from most race series, in that it was created to give teams, manufacturers, and aftermarket suppliers a GT series for production-based cars. Despite being purpose-built by Pratt & Miller, over 80 percent of the race-spec CTS-V Coupe are shared with the stock vehicle.

Cadillac hopes that entering the CTS-V in the SCCA GT series will solidify the car’s sporting credentials, while simultaneously serving as test bed for new ways to up the ante in future V-Series offerings.

Source: General Motors

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