Cadillac has been racking up victories with the CTS.V.R in Pirelli World Challenge racing for two model generations now, including recent GT class championships in 2012 and 2013. However, even winning racers eventually have to retire, and it looks like the CTS may be taking a bow at the end of the season. In its place, Caddy is reportedly working on a new racecar based on the ATS Coupe, and it might even get to compete internationally.

According to Racer, Pratt & Miller Engineering is leading the development and is already lapping the ATS racecar in Michigan for testing. It reportedly drops the CTS' V8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged V6 powering the rear wheels. Since this is the same team behind the hugely successful Corvette Racing program and the current CTS.V.R, the latest car appears to be in good hands.

The new model would also adhere to GT3 rules, according to Racer, and that might signal a big change for Cadillac's motorsports program. It means that the ATS could be sold to teams in the numerous series around the world that accept these vehicles. That would broaden the luxury coupe's exposure and put it up against GT3 racecars from premium brands, like Bentley, Porsche and McLaren. If it wins, the change could be a marketing bonanza for the brand.

Autoblog spoke to Cadillac spokesperson Brian Corbett about the brand's future in motorsports. He wouldn't confirm any details about the company's plans for next season, but he confirmed that "there's no plan to leave" Pirelli World Challenge racing. He said there would be more specifics at a later time.


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      budwsr25
      • 4 Months Ago

      Pratt & Miller is a class act team. If they can't win with a car no one can.  Best part about them they call Michigan home.

      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm not so sureā€¦dropping the V8 would remove one of the major reasons to buy the CTS-V or the ATS-V.  420hp is 420hp, especially with turbo torque, but the V8 is king.

        carguy1701
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB

        It'll be fine.  Besides, there's nothing stopping them from doing a GT3-spec CTS-V down the road.

      mbukukanyau
      • 4 Months Ago

      Who says a V6 can only make 420 HP? 

      Jai
      • 4 Months Ago

      At least the CTS coupe looked exciting. This is quite possibly the most boring looking 2 door car on the market right now.

      ChrisJC
      • 4 Months Ago

      Reaffirmation for Cadillacs hard on to be like BMW. They want to be like them so badly. They so desperately want a Motorsport pedigree they've never had and never will. 

        SteveM
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ChrisJC

        That's a bullsh*&t statement, and even if accurate, what is wrong with a manufacturer trying to aspire to something better? Caddy, and Pratt & Miller have serious credibility in the GT racing world. I think you're whole statement is off base.

        Eta Carinae
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ChrisJC

        If you were gonna bring up a german manufacturer you could have at least said audi....Le mans, rally,  etc...

      carguy1701
      • 4 Months Ago

      "The new model would also adhere to GT3 rules..."

      Thank god.  The GT class of WC was ruined by the silhouette cars from Volvo and Acura.