The new V-Seres. R race cars made their competition debut earlier this year at the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona, where the No. 01 Cadillac grabbed a podium finish, followed by a fourth-place finish for the No. 02 Cadillac and a fifth-place finish for the No. 31 Cadillac. The three racing machines will hit the grid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with revised car numbers, with the No. 01 car wearing No. 3, and the No. 31 car wearing No. 311.
“We are thrilled to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the full Cadillac Racing team,” said Global Vice President of Cadillac, Rory Harvey. “Over the last 20 years Cadillac Racing has built a legacy of winning on the track and we feel very privileged to return to Le Mans during this exciting new electrified era in racing.”
“We are all looking forward to Cadillac returning to Le Mans and challenging for the overall victory,” said driver of the No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R and two-time overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Earl Bamber. “It has been decades since an American manufacturer has achieved this and we will be strongly pushing to achieve our goal.”
Looking ahead, Cadillac has further competition plans for the three new V-Series.R racing machines, with the No. 2 car competing in a full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the No. 3 and No. 311 cars competing in a full season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Cadillac V-Series. R was codeveloped between Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing, and Dallara, with inspiration pulled from Cadillac’s Project GTP Hypercar. The Cadillac V-Series.R features the naturally aspirated LMC55R 5.5L V8 engine for motivation, pairing the internal combustion unit with the LMDh common hybrid system. Peak output is rated at 670 horsepower, per series regulations, all of which is harnessed by a seven-speed sequential gearbox.