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Cadillac to Compete in IMSA and WEC in 2023

Cadillac to Compete in IMSA and WEC in 2023

New Le Mans Daytona hybrid under development

Cadillac today announced it will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) LMDh category in 2023 with a fourth-generation Cadillac V-Series prototype. Cadillac and its partners will bring their considerable experience from American endurance racing to compete for overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“For nearly 20 years, Cadillac V-Series has brought winning technologies from the racetrack to our performance cars on the road,” said Rory Harvey, global vice president, Cadillac. “We look forward to continuing that heritage by competing in this exciting new chapter at the highest level of international motorsport.”

The new Cadillac LMDh-V.R prototype is designed to conform to IMSA and ACO Le Mans Daytona hybrid specifications for the new top tier of endurance racing that replaces the current DPi class. As with the other competitors in the series, it will be based on a standardized chassis and incorporate the spec hybrid powertrain system, but will feature a unique combustion engine and distinctive bodywork.

As with the Cadillac DPi-V.R, the Cadillac LMDh-V.R will be a partnership between GM Design and the constructor Dallara. A new Cadillac engine package will work in conjunction with the LMDh common hybrid system.

Cadillac’s program will partner with Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing. The Cadillac LMDh will debut on the track for the first time at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January 2023.

 

 

“We are looking forward to the new international prototype formula and running the Cadillac LMDh,” said Chip Ganassi. “We have had a great relationship across three different racing disciplines with GM and we are looking forward to developing the car with Cadillac and Dallara over the next year-and-a-half.”

“The IMSA LMDh category is looking to be very competitive with multiple manufacturers,” said Gary Nelson, AXR team manager. “We’ve had a lot of success running the Cadillac DPi-V.R as one of the original teams since 2017, and we are looking forward to being a part of the next chapter of Cadillac Racing.”

Recent Cadillac Racing achievements with the Cadillac DPi-V.R include:

  • Winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona four times in a row: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Winning the Michelin North American Endurance Cup four times: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship twice: 2018 and 2017
  • Prior to competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Cadillac competed in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, earning five Manufacturing Championships (2014, 2013, 2007, 2005), and five Driver’s Championships (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2005).

Cadillac’s commitment to performance is embodied in the V-Series portfolio. Its recent expansion includes the CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans, as well as the track-capable CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.

From the most powerful Cadillac engine ever to the fully functional aerodynamic bodywork and carbon-ceramic brakes, the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing incorporate learnings from the track to the road with zero compromises. Early reservations for the first 250 CT5-V Blackwing and 250 CT4-V Blackwing models were exhausted in only a few hours.

“We have combined thoughtful technology and luxury with a driving experience that’s clearly V-Series,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “By incorporating the technologies and expertise learned on the track, Cadillac V-Series continues to build incredible performance vehicles for the road with zero compromises.”

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing are on sale now with limited availability. The CT4-V Blackwing has a starting MSRP of $59,9901 and the CT5-V Blackwing has a starting MSRP of $84,9901. Customers can build their own V-Series Blackwing online at Cadillac.com.

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LEXUS NX WINS AWARD FOR BEST HYBRID CAR IN THE UK

Auto Trader, one of the largest online sales websites for used and new cars in the UK, recently announced that the Lexus NX 300h has been named Britain’s best hybrid car in their 2020 New Car Awards.

LEXUS NX WINS AWARD FOR BEST HYBRID CAR IN THE UK

The honour for the mid-size SUV was determined by more than 181,000 motorists who voted for their favourites in this year’s awards.

Erin Baker, Editorial Director of Auto Trader, said: “It’s no surprise to see the Lexus NX 300h win Auto Trader’s Best Hybrid Car award. Lexus remains a byword for quality engineering, clever powertrains and luxury interiors. One owner commented: “It’s the highest-quality car I have ever owned. Not a stitch out of place. No squeaks or rattles and beautifully finished everywhere.”

First introduced in Europe, in 2014, the NX is a core model in Lexus’s range of self-charging full hybrid SUVs. Its highly efficient powertrain is quiet, refined and returns strong fuel economy and low emissions. WLTP test cycle data shows 7,0 l/100km for the front-wheel drive versions, while the all-wheel drive models, featuring Lexus’s lightweight and compact E-Four system, achieve 7,2 l/100km. Respective CO2 emissions are from 159 and 162g .

With various options grades available, the NX can be specified to meet customers’ preferences for hand-crafted quality, advanced technology and sporty performance. All versions feature the Lexus Safety System+ portfolio of active safety and driver assistance systems as standard. Full details of the NX range are available on https://www.lexus.eu/car-models/nx/.

Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK said: “We’re grateful to Auto Trader and its readers for this honour. It is of special significance, not just because it’s determined by the opinions of motorists themselves, but because it judges the NX to be the best hybrid car overall, not just within the premium market. It shows that the quality we build into every aspect of the NX – and indeed all our models – is a determining factor in its continued success.”