In an unexpected move, Cadillac has just unveiled the racing variant of the upcoming ATS-V Coupe with the launch of the Cadillac ATS-V.R racing car. Set to replace the successful CTS-V.R, the new racer has been created to meet international FIA GT3 specifications and has the potential to run in more than 30 different GT series around the world.
At the heart of the Cadillac ATS-V.R is the twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 engine of the road-going ATS-V originally derived from the CTS Vsport. However, the engine has been thoroughly upgraded to now feature larger BorgWarner turbochargers, increased capacity intercoolers, a competition-spec engine management system and side existing exhausts and consequently can pump out up to 600 hp at 7400 rpm and 520 lb-ft of torque.
Mated to this potent engine is an Xtrac sequential six-speed transaxle gearbox complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The Cadillac ATS-V.R also features a limited slip differential, driver adjustable electronic traction control, and massive six-piston Brembo brakes at the front with 380 mm discs and four-pot Brembo calipers at the rear with 355 mm discs.
Other key elements include three-way adjustable Penske adjustable shocks and a complete aerodynamic kit consisting of a large rear wing, prominent side skirts, front splitter, rear diffuser and canards.
Discussing the car, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said, “The V-Series is the highest expression of Cadillac’s rising product substance. Elevating and expanding the V-Series is the next logical step in Cadillac’s growth, including this new race car developed in GT3-specification, enabling us to pursue racing on a more global scale.”
The 2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014.