The DPi-V.R unveiled today is its entry in the IMSA WeatherTech Cadillac’s SportsCar Championship’s new Daytona Prototype international class for the 2017 season. The move marks Cadillac’s first foray into top flight prototype endurance racing since 2002.
The quick Caddy replaces the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype that won the series this year. Rules changes facilitated the move to a redesigned machine.
The Dpi-V.R is based on a spec Dallara chassis and powered by an Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 regulated to around 600 hp, according to Road & Track. The bespoke engine shares its displacement, but little else, with the automaker’s production V8s. A rearview camera mirror is one piece of tech borrowed from the showroom cars.
The reigning three-peat champion Action Express Racing team and Wayne Taylor Racing will both be fielding the cars in full season efforts that kick off at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.