Cadillac names first drivers for 2023 LMDh marketing campaign


Cadillac is among the automakers dedicated to launching a new-generation LMDh race automobile that from 2023 might be eligible for the premier lessons of each the IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship, GTP and Hypercar, respectively.

Cadillac will deal with the SportsCar Championship beginning in 2023 however may even contend the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the spotlight of the WEC calendar. Its automobiles might be fielded along with present endurance racing companions Chip Ganassi Racing and Motion Specific Racing.

Cadillac offered a first have a look at its LMDh race automobile in June, which is at present doing the rounds beneath the Venture GTP Hypercar code identify, and on Tuesday the automaker confirmed the primary drivers.

Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar

Cadillac Venture GTP Hypercar

The checklist contains Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande for one of many automobiles fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing. The duo have pushed the quantity 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R to a few victories within the premier DPi class of the 2022 SportsCar Championship, and can proceed as teammates subsequent yr.

Pipo Derani, a 2021 DPi champion, and Alexander Sims will pilot one of many automobiles fielded by Motion Specific Racing.

Extra drivers might be named within the lead as much as the primary race of the 2023 SportsCar Championship, the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona subsequent January. There might be loads of testing within the meantime, equivalent to July’s session at Florida’s Sebring Worldwide Raceway.

Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar

Cadillac Venture GTP Hypercar

Cadillac is but to disclose full particulars on its LMDh however we all know it makes use of a chassis from Dallara, certainly one of 4 suppliers for LMDh, and runs a hybrid powertrain whose internal-combustion element is a dual-overhead cam 5.5-liter V-8. The V-8 is an analogous configuration to what’s powering the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race automobile and newest Corvette Z06.

The GTP class by which Cadillac will compete replaces the present DPi class within the SportsCar Championship and is open to each LMDh automobiles and present LMH automobiles, with Steadiness of Efficiency guidelines deliberate to make sure a good enjoying area.

Acura, Alpine, BMW, and Porsche are additionally dedicated to LMDh, whereas ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, and Toyota are all dedicated to LMH. Audi was additionally set to hitch LMDh in 2023 however in August introduced it had canceled the hassle to focus assets on a deliberate Components 1 entry in 2026. Lamborghini can be dedicated to LMDh however will solely be part of the fray in 2024.


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