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Cadillac to return to Le Mans after 20 years with this car

The American automaker has unfinished business in top-flight racing

Cadillac is back! PHOTO FROM CADILLAC

After teasing its Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh) prototype last year, Cadillac has now officially revealed its Project GTP Hypercar. This marks the American carmaker’s return to Le Mans after 20 years. Building upon its success with its Daytona Prototype International (DPi), this is the manufacturer’s third-generation endurance racer that will be competing in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The top view reminds us of an X-Wing Starfighter from 'Star Wars'. PHOTO FROM CADILLAC

The car was codeveloped by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing, and Dallara, featuring a 5.5-liter V8 to be paired with the standard hybrid system for LMDh. The design is a “unique convergence of form and function, and showcases Cadillac’s future performance aesthetic,” says Chris Mikalauskas, the car’s lead exterior creative designer. This can be seen with the iconic marks of the brand such as the vertical lighting and the floating blades.

The number nine is a throwback to the Cadillac Le Monstre, which raced in Le Mans in 1950. PHOTO FROM CADILLAC

Testing will begin this summer (in the US) before the race car debuts at the 24 Hours of Daytona next year. Cadillac will be competing against Acura, BMW, and Porsche with Alpine and Lamborghini joining in 2024.

Leandro Mangubat

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