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  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Cadillac via Jalopnik
  • Image Credit: Cadillac via Jalopnik
  • Image Credit: Cadillac via Jalopnik
In two months, Cadillac will return to top-tier endurance racing with its all-new Daytona Prototype International racecar after 14 years away. The car, which adheres to IMSA's new DPi regulations, looks as long, low, and Cadillac-like as anyone could have hoped. It's set to debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will compete head to head with the likes of Mazda and Nissan in what is shaping up to be one of the most diverse and exciting forms of American motor racing in years.

The new car will be run by Wayne Taylor Racing, the team that previously fielded the Corvette Daytona Prototype. Wayne Taylor himself has won the 24 Hours of Daytona twice, in 1996 and 2005. He now manages the team and leaves the driving duties to his two sons, Ricky and Jordan. They'll be joined in the cockpit by Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor's teammate in 2002 at Cadillac's last unsuccessful attempt at endurance racing.

To understand Cadillac's new car, officially called the DPi-V.R., you need to understand IMSA's DPi category. Basically, manufacturers are allowed to base their car on one of four chassis that follow the FIA LMP2 regulations. The chassis come from either Dallara, Onroak Automotive, ORECA or Riley/Multimatic. Cadillac will base their car on the Dallara platform. The DPi regulation differ from the LMP2 in two major ways: non-standardized engines and the ability to change certain parts of the bodywork. The DPi regulations are intended to give the variety of the top-tier LMP1 cars at a fraction of the cost.

Cadillac Daytona Prototype International; Watkins Glen International; October 19-20, 2016 (Richard Prince/Cadillac Photo).

When it came to choosing an engine, Cadillac wanted to power the new car with something kinda sorta production based. The new car will use a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter pushrod V8 that shares some base architecture with the engine in the current CTS-V. While the power output hasn't been announced, expect about 600 horsepower. While that's down compared to the CTS-V, there is far less mass to move around as the Dallara chassis is a svelte 2,050 lbs. Since all the teams will be running different engine configurations, expect restrictors of some sort to help balance the power disparity.

The parts of the body work that can be modified - The nose, sidepods, rear wheel arches and rear valance - have all been designed to mimic Cadillac roadcar design elements. Even the wheels look like they were pulled straight from the CTS-V. The front splitter, the floor, and the diffuser are common elements shared with other DPi cars.

Though Wayne Taylor Racing will be the defacto factory team, it won't be the only one running the new Cadillac DPi-V.R. Action Express Racing, the team that's won the last three championships, will also be fielding the new car. Action Express, like Wayne Taylor, previously raced Corvette Prototypes.

Look for the car's public on-track debut during a two-day IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona International Speedway on Dec. 13-14. The first race of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, takes place on January 28 and 29.

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