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Cadillac with Mazda and Nissan currently make up the DPi Manufacturer grid. Honda will be joining them in 2018 with Penske. Team Joest has also expressed major interest in DPi.

Cadillac has joined Mazda as the 2 marques to officially unveil their 2017 DPi spec racecar. While the Mazda looks smooth and elegant the Cadillac DPi-V.R is more angular and meaner looking. Just as Mazda’s utilizadion of Kodo makes it undeniably a Mazda. The same applies to the Cadillac. The angular design is remenisant of Cadillac’s road cars there is no doubt this is undeniably a Cadillac.

“The DPi-V.R race car was an exciting new canvas for the Cadillac design and sculpting team,” said Andrew Smith, Global Cadillac Design executive director. “The studio embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application. Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence.”

Cadillac Daytona Prototype International; Watkins Glen International; October 19-20, 2016 (Richard Prince/Cadillac Photo).
Photo:  Cadillac

The foundation of the car is Dallara’s LMP2 approved chassis. Wayne Taylor Racing has been tasked with the majority of the testing. Jordan and Ricky Taylor alongside Max Angelelli will pilot one of the new DPi-V.Rs while Defending Prototype Class Champions Action Express will field an additional 2 cars.

The DPi-V.R will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2 Liter V8. The 6.2 shares its dna with the CTS-V, minus the blower. In race trim the V8 will produce 600 horsepower. The engine is mated to an X Trac paddle shift transmission.

“Cadillac is proud to return to the pinnacle of prototype racing in North America after a 14-year absence,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “Cadillac’s V-Performance production models: the ATS-V and CTS-V, are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a place among the world’s elite high performance marques. The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America.”


Only Nissan has yet to reveal their 2017 DPi contender. Based on the entries from Mazda and Cadillac, Nissan has its work cut out for it. So far, based on looks alone the DPi formula has been a smashing success. IMSA has it all to do now though. The manufacturers have put their best foot forward, it is on IMSA to not muck up the Balance of Performance. If they don’t and DPi features a lot of close racing giving all 3 manufacturers a chance to win, I can see the DPi class exploding. Bentley and Alfa Romeo have already expressed an interest in the class. So has Ford and Lamborghini. If DPi proves to be what we all think it can be (a cheaper alternative to LMP1) it could return us to the glory days of Camel IMSA GT racing. I for one can not wait for the Daytona test, which is when we will see all 3 manufactures on the track at the same time.


Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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