Cadillac CTS-V Racecar
The 2004 Cadillac CTS-V racing car appearing at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 25-27, is the first racing car developed by GM Racing in conjunction with the new GM Performance Division, an in-house center designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models.
The CTS-V is competing in this year’s SCCA World Challenge in North America. A production version also introduced in 2004 marks Cadillac’s entry into the low-volume, high-performance luxury car market.
“The CTS-V racing car starts from a great set of blueprints,” said GM Racing Director Doug Duchardt. “The outstanding performance characteristics of the rear-drive Sigma-based CTS and CTS-V lend perfectly to a racing car application. We were able to maintain a significant amount of shared parts, technologies and processes in developing the CTS-V racing car.”
By weight, the CTS-V racing car is 73 percent stock-derived. The production CTS-V and CTS-V racing car share common technology in the form of the all-aluminum V-8 engine, front and rear suspension, steering system, differential and half-shafts, as well as talent, as the engineers who conceived the CTS-V for street use were directly involved in the creation of the racing car.
Like the CTS and CTS-V, which were refined and validated at Germany’s famed Nurburgring, the CTS-V racing car will prove itself on the most challenging racing circuits in North America. A two-car, factory-backed effort from Cadillac debuted at the SCCA World Challenge race at Sebring in March 2004, starting from the pole position and finishing first and second. Renowned sports car drivers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim pilot these works Cadillacs.
The CTS-V racing car features a 5.7L overhead valve V-8 engine, producing more than 500 horsepower with a maximum rpm of 7000. It has a 25-gallon fuel tank to carry enough fuel for the 50-minute sprint races that comprise the series without requiring a pit stop. Its top speed is estimated to be more than 165 mph.