After so many years in the game with the CTS-V.R model, Cadillac Racing finally did the official introduction to the new model of the brand, the Cadillac ATS-V.R. The model was presented in its final version to the public this week at the Circuit of the Americas, curiously where the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season will start.
The ATS-V.R represents not only a new racecar in the Cadillac history, it is a major overhaul compared to its predecessor. The PWC GT class-build gives way to a full FIA GT3 spec car, as well the roaring 6.2L V8 is out, to enter a Twin Turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine with over to 600 horsepower, as well other details.
Cadillac driver Johnny O’Connell was obviously satisfied with the driver in his new ride, as he said: “The Cadillac ATS-V.R is a 170-mph billboard for the next generation of Cadillac’s V-Series. On top of its power, its aerodynamic package should pay off in the fast corners and I’m looking forward to unleashing it.”
Andy Pilgrim was delighted with the car, saying: “This car sounds wicked and screams like it’s ripping holes in the air, I love it. We have paddle gear shifters for the first, and I’m enjoying the new tools. The engine torque is remarkable, as always, pulling strongly out of the corners.”
The car is expected to be racing worldwide where the GT3 spec cars are allowed.
I’m not too much into the “where did this car came” matter, but it’s good to see an American car into the GT3 class. The ATS-V.R has a good look, especially the front end, I just expect it to sound good. Many fans are sad due to the departure of the V8 but I don’t think the “downsizing” will be an issue. Keep an eye in Pilgrim and O’Connell, they will be more threatening than never next year.