Cadillac is set to unveil the 2016 ATS-V coupe and sedan next week at the LA Auto Show, but today Cadillac has revealed the ATS-V.R race car.
Cadillac is set to unveil the 2016 ATS-V coupe and sedan next week at the LA Auto Show, but today Cadillac has revealed the ATS-V.R race car. The ATS-V.R takes the ATS-V coupe even further with 600 horsepower on tap and its FIA GT3 specifications.
“The V-Series is the highest expression of Cadillac’s rising product substance,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “Elevating and expanding the V-Series is the next logical step in Cadillac’s growth, including this new race car developed in GT3-specification, enabling us to pursue racing on a more global scale.”
The ATS-V.R is powered by the LF4.R, the racing version of the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6 in the Cadillac CTS Vsport. The GT3-spec race car include larger, twin BorgWarner turbochargers; increased capacity intercoolers; competition engine management and a direct, side-exiting exhaust.
Other additions include an aero kit, a carbon fiber front splitter and redesigned fenders to contain FIA-mandated tire sizes. A full under tray directs air beneath the car to the rear diffuser, which helps create a downforce-producing effect and plants the 18-inch racing tires to the track.
“This car sounds wicked and screams like it’s ripping holes in the air. I love it,” said Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac Racing driver. “We have paddle gear shifters for the first time, and I’m enjoying the new tools. The engine torque is remarkable, as always, pulling strongly out of the corners.”