• Jan 19, 2011
Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCA Race Car - Click above for high-res image gallery

The boys and girls at Cadillac have taken their newest toy out to play. The CTS-V Coupe race car got its first sampling of track time at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida earlier this week. Drivers Johnny O'Connell and Andy Pilgrim took time behind the tiller for the car's first real shake down as the car and team prep for the first race of the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT. The series kicks off in St. Petersburg, Florida from March 25 to 27.

As you may recall, it's been a good long while since the Crest last suited up to go fender-to-fender. The company last competed in the World Challenge GT series in 2007. At that time, Cadillac had campaigned a CTS-V sedan for three seasons. General Motors is hoping that taking to the track once again will help establish the CTS-V Coupe as a legitimate performance competitor capable of taking on the best that Germany has to offer. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Hits the Track

Sebring, Fla. -- The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car hit the track for the first time on Jan. 17, driven by Johnny O'Connell and Andy Pilgrim, for tests at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.

Cadillac is reentering the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT series this year, beginning with the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 25-27. Cadillac competed in the World Challenge series in 2004-2007, earning the Speed GT Manufacturer's Championship in both 2005 and 2007 with CTS-V Sedan race cars.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't care how functional it is but that spoiler is vulgar.
      DrMike Dilaudid
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Cadalliac is the safest car on the road. I wouldn't be caught dead driving anything else. it's going to put America back on the map bigtime. i give it the highest rating possible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for Cadillac but that insignia on the front makes the car look like Flavor Flav.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, just when you thought a CTS V couldn't get any meaner...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CTS is fine....Not your father's Cadillac
      • 3 Years Ago
      I admittedly know nothing about this sport but, doesn't Chevrolet also race Corvettes in that same series?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ok, so the factory backs Corvettes. Just not in this series, right? Still seems silly to promote more than one model car in a particular type of racing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a tube frame race car with a CTS-V Coupe shaped carbon fiber / fiberglass body riveted on top of it.

      I love how they use it as a marketing tool for the CTS. How about racing a car built on the same off the line chassis that he road car uses, GM? Oh, is it not fast enough then? Well that's what Porsche does...

        • 3 Years Ago
        I should have mentioned Grand Am Rolex GT cars are often tube-framers. Grand Am Koni Challenge (or whatever it is this year) are space frame in both GT and ST classes, IIRC.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, World Challenge cars are not tube-frame racers. You can find the pics of the CTS-Vs being built.


        They take the car down to body-in-white and then build up from there. But it's still a spaceframe, and a stock one at that.

        Grand Am GT cars are often tube-frame racers, like the Camaros in there which are actually the old Grand Prix GXP.R's with new bodies on them. ALMS GT1 cars were tube-frame, GT2 are spaceframes, although with more mods than these are getting.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Only in your dreams.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Okay, fair enough. Interesting about the Turner M3.

        Let me add two more things though.

        The classes in Grand Am Continental Sports Car Challenge are GS and ST, not GT and ST. That was my mistake, propagated here. So the Camaros are actually Camaro GS.Rs, not Camaro GT.Rs.

        Finally, as I alluded to, some cars in Grand Am Rolex GT are regular space frame cars, namely the Porsches. There are two types of GT cars, I think called "prep 1" and the other "prep 2". Prep 2 are tube-frame cars, prep 1 is production frame (body-in-white spaceframe) cars. Most of the non-Porsches are prep 2 but Lou Gigliotti was running a prep 1 Corvette Z06 last year. The prep 1 cars are allowed a larger air restrictor (more power) but Lou I complained that didn't give them enough power to compete and I think he eventually pulled out because of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No need to paint it. Just leave it the way it is and race it! I would hate to see that thing in my rear view mirror.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they had a Cadillac in GT5!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I want it in FM3!!!

        Probably too late, I don't think they're releasing anymore car packs.


        I can't wait for it to be in FM4!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        All they have is the Cein(spelling?) concept thats it :(
        I was hoping they would have Cadillac since the CTS and CTS-V are both RWD.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good try GMC!!! The brand "Cadillac" relates to very matured consumers. To try to become like AMG, BMW M sports, or Audi RS is like an ODM (Dirty Old Man) tyring to get some looking hot chicks. Please focus to your old matured market otherwise, you will keep losing your market share.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in the 60's I had a car that was a real "Screamer".Every time I had to try to start it in cold weather it caused me to Scream. Is this what they mean?
      • 3 Years Ago
      that first photo is epic-ally hot!
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