Cadillac Racing says it would “definitely,” want to take its new LMP2 spec Cadillac DPi-V.R to the 24 Hours of Le Mans if it were allowed to do so.
Speaking to Sportscar365, General Motors’ director of racing and motorsports, Mark Kent, said GM would happily run the DPi-V.R at Le Mans if the ACO governing body modified the rules to allow it to do so.
“We would love to be able to take our Cadillac DPi to Le Mans, in its current state, only if we could use the Cadillac body and Cadillac engine,” Kent said. “Anything other than that, we really don’t have any interest because we don’t know what we’d get out of it.”
“If they were to change the rules to allow that happen, we’d definitely have interest.”
The ACO went back on its original plans to allow IMSA’s DPi prototypes to compete in the LMP2 class at Le Mans and ruled out creating a separate prototype class for the IMSA cars. Instead, the governing body suggested the cars may be eligible for its non-hybrid LMP1 class with certain modifications. A large power increase would likely be involved – which is not a tall order for the heavily restricted 6.2-liter V8 in the DPi-V.R.
Wayne Taylor Racing, the outfit that took overall wins in the DPi-V.R at Daytona and Sebring this year, is interested in a Le Mans return whether it’s in LMP1 or LMP2. Team owner Wayne Taylor is in support of taking his DPi-V.R to France so long as GM and Cadillac are on board and knowing GM’s affinity for motorsport and Le Mans, it doesn’t seem out of sight.
“If GM and Cadillac want to go, I would love it,” Taylor said. “That car at Le Mans would be so great. I would be very supportive of that.”