The Cadillac V-LMDh racer will make its competitive debut at the Rolex 24 in Daytona later in January. Ahead of the event, the brand will debut the colorful liveries for the three machines that will compete around the world.
All three have a black tail with the V-Series emblem on the fin that runs between the cockpit and the rear wing. On the front they are respectively blue, gold and red. These are the colors of the V Badge.
Specifically, the gold #01Ò Cadillac Racing and red #31Ò Whelen EngineeringÒ V-LMDh racers will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the United States. The blue #2 Cadillac Racing machine will compete in events around the world in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“Cadillac is poised to compete against the best in North America and internationally – including one of the toughest races in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Cadillac Global Vice President Rory Harvey.
The “V-LMDh” contains a naturally aspirated 5.5 liter V8 engine internally designated “LMC55R”. There is also the common hybrid system that all cars in this class must use. The setup delivers 670 hp (500 kilowatts), which is the maximum possible according to the regulations. The engine sends power through a seven-speed sequential gearbox. The chassis comes from Dallara.
The cars competing against Cadillac pack forced aspiration rather than using a naturally aspirated engine. For example, uses “Porsche”. a 4.6-liter V8 with two turbochargers. BMW has a Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Acura chooses aÒ 2.4 liter twin-turbo V6 that spins up to 10,000 rpm. Lamborghini will too Use a biturbo V8.
Cadillac is moving up into the new LMDh class having previously enjoyed many successes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It won the series in 2021, 2018 and 2017. It also recorded victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
Cadillac recently announced an entry into Formula 1 with partner Andretti Global. This will be separate from the endurance racing program. “From our point of view it will complement what we are doing in this series. We don’t see any impact on this series,” Harvey said said our colleagues from Motorsport.