• Feb 23, 2011
Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car at Sebring – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's really not a whole lot more we can tell you about the pair of Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Cars that will be forming a two-pronged attack of the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT starting on March 25 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

That said, we can still all stare at all the pretty pictures that General Motors has been so kind as to release upon the masses. Check out our high-res image gallery below, where you'll see the two cars in all their specially prepared, tire-squealing and exhaust-popping glory. Also note that this is the first time the cars have been displayed wearing the official livery of Andy Pilgrim (the No. 8 car) and teammate Johnny O'Connell (the No. 3 car) and they are lapping Sebring for a second session.


*Update: Video of the second testing session can be found after the break.


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Cadillac Racing Returns to Sebring with CTS-V Coupe Racecars
Pre-season test with both racecars in full race trim


2011-02-23

*Andy Pilgrim to drive No. 8 car, Johnny O'Connell behind the wheel of the No. 3 coupe

SEBRING, Fla. – Cadillac Racing returned to Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, for a second round of testing prior to the beginning of the 2011 Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT season.

For the first time, both CTS-V Coupe racecars hit the track with full exterior colors, decals and numbers. Driver Andy Pilgrim will pilot the No. 8 car for Cadillac Racing, and teammate Johnny O'Connell will be behind the wheel of the No. 3 coupe.

Cadillac is reentering the World Challenge GT series this year, beginning with the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 25-27. Cadillac previously competed in the World Challenge from 2004 to 2007.

"We're here fine-tuning the cars, validating components and vehicle dynamics," said Jim Vurpillat, Cadillac global marketing director. "It's our first opportunity to get both cars on the track at the same time, in full race trim. Besides looking incredible on the track, the cars are performing at an exceptional level."

The first test at Sebring Raceway in January was earlier in the vehicle development process and limited to one racecar without the exterior treatments.

"The driving is going very well," O'Connell said. "We're just learning how the car responds to different changes and we're getting a lot of track data. With two full days of testing (Feb. 22-23), we'll have a really good idea of how we'll perform at the first race in St. Petersburg next month."

The World Challenge GT schedule has been finalized for the 2011 season and includes eight races in the United States and Canada from March to October.

"We're getting in a lot of laps, and that's what we need to do to get ready for the 2011 season," Pilgrim said.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      i'd do anything for this car.... anything!
      • 3 Years Ago
      the only cadillac part on that car is the hood ornament
        • 3 Years Ago
        Didn't you say this before and gen proven wrong? Bit hard headed aren't ya?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go on back to your H/Kia group.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's pictures of it being built. The entire body in white is a CTS coupe, the grille obviously is too and a little bit of the interior (not much). The headlights look stock too, but I can't be sure. The body panels are supposed to be stock but I'm not sure. The old ones used a modified stock transmission (after being told to stop using a Hewland), no way of knowing what's up now.

        I looked up the rules on SCCA's site, there are no specs for the new CTS-V yet.

        I'll say this though. If you want to run a Corvette Z06 (current one), you get to run it with full displacement, no restrictor, the stock rev limit (7100rpm) and you can take the weight down to 3050lbs with driver. Run a Viper ACRX and you get to run full power on that too (ride height seems penalizing though), no real weight shaving though. Run a GT-R and you get to run stock power output (2.2 bar boost) and you can get down to 3500lbs (with driver). Gallardo? no restrictor, and weight down to 3150.

        It would seem any of those properly developed would be more than a match for the K-PAX Volvo that won last year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So mean, so hot, so sexy...and I'm talking about a Cadillac...racing car!...Awesome...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am i the only one that loves the ctsv 4 door sedan and hates the coupe?
      Every coupe i see makes me realize that the coupe was a mistake.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I totally agree! A friend of mine has a four door V, and it looks so much better!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I also think the sedan looks better than the coupe, but the wagon is my favorite.
        But I remember reading in the wagon review that they said the coupe outsells the sedan 2:1 and the wagon is custom order only, so I'm in the minority here. To each his own I guess.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The -V wagon is custom order only. The regular wagon can be found on the lot.

        People somehow forget there is a regular wagon most of the time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Throw on a Cadillac body on a Vette chassis....Should be a good race car..= Boring..
      Let's see something new GM!!!
      How about a AWD V6 Turbo Regal?!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wheel base looks longer than the stock ctsv
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a bit wider, but from front to back, it's the same as the production CTS-V.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looking car! It looks like Pratt & Miller has built another champion. They better rearrange the show room for all the trophies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looked better in black.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there any advantage to that hanging GT-wing? Or is it just to slide the further back?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Some of the DP cars in the Rolex Grand-Am series do this.

        I would imagine having cleaner air across what is supposed to be the fast-flowing side of the wing (the longer side) does help a bit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The manner (not the placement) of the wing mounting is still bizarre.
        • 3 Years Ago
        spin cycle is right...the suction (bottom) side of the wing is the one doing the most work, so you want the least amount of things getting in the way of doing that. Every square mm of space lost to mounting on that side decreases the efficiency of the wing.

        Ideally, you'd want to mount a wing using the end plates, but that's quite difficult when the wing is so far back...would make for some ridiculous end plates haha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at all that body lean, they're practically scraping the doorhandles ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        its testing for set up, is it not?
        • 3 Years Ago
        That is seriously a lot of body roll for a race car.. I think my old 1990 lincoln continental was flatter than that 'round the corners ;-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JayP: Good point. In Forza my suspension setups always bottom out on Sunset Bend
        • 3 Years Ago
        Frankly, just seeing a Cadillac road racer seems all wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care if hey lose a few seconds, I want to see the wagon out there!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I want to see Audi campaign their S5 against this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you! THANK! YOU! For not using a music soundtrack for this video!

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