At an event taking place just before the start of this weekend’s 2013 Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, several Chevrolet and Cadillac race car drivers had the opportunity to witness the first Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe roll off the assembly line at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. This particular example of the vehicle isn’t going to be sold. Instead, it’s an early model that engineers will be driving for the sake of testing purposes.
A notable member of the audience was IndyCar Driver Simona De Silvestro. The 24-year-old Swiss driver currently races a Chevrolet-powered car for KV Racing Technology. She’s also a Chevrolet Volt owner.
What separates the Cadillac ELR from the Volt, aside from the looks and more luxurious cabin, is that the ELR is more powerful, features a sportier suspension, and debuts an intuitive “Regen on Demand” function. Altogether, these elements should mean that the plug-in Caddy will behave differently from its Chevy sibling.