Cadillac names first drivers for 2023 LMDh marketing campaign


Cadillac is without doubt one of the automakers dedicated to launching a new-generation LMDh race automotive that from 2023 will likely be eligible for the premier courses of each the IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship, GTP and Hypercar, respectively.

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

Cadillac offered a first take a look at its LMDh race automotive in June, which is at the moment doing the rounds beneath the Venture GTP Hypercar code title, and on Tuesday the automaker confirmed the primary drivers.

Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar

Cadillac Venture GTP Hypercar

The listing consists of Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande for one of many vehicles 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 12 months.

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

Extra drivers will likely 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 will likely be loads of testing within the meantime, resembling 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, one in all 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 the same configuration to what’s powering the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race automotive and newest Corvette Z06.

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

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 affix 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 a part of the fray in 2024.

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