The highly successful Cadillac CTS.V.R racing car is set to be replaced after numerous years of taking victories in the Pirelli World Challenge. According to new reports, the CTS.V.R’s replacement will come in the form of a specially-prepped variant of the brand new Cadillac ATS Coupe.

According to reports, development of the car is being led by Pratt & Miller Engineering. Development of the car is said to have progressed far enough that testing of the car has already started in Michigan. Apparently the Cadillac ATS Coupe racer has ditched the naturally aspirated V8 engine in favour of a twin-turbocharged V6 with all power sent to the rear wheels. This change is hardly surprising because the upcoming ATS-V is pinned to also use a twin-turbo V6.

One key change for the Cadillac ATS Coupe racer is that it could be created to meet GT3 racing rules. If that is achieved, the car will be made available to private teams for racing series’ around the world and could consequently compete against established marques and cars like Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and more recently, Bentley with their Continental GT3.

While the Cadillac ATS Coupe could become available for racers around the world, the company has confirmed that it will continue to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge.

[Via Racer]

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