The Cadillac ATS-V.R is a race car developed for racing in international FIA GT3-spec events. The ATS-V.R Coupe begins competition in 2015, replacing the CTS-V.R Coupe.
Cadillac Racing unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe race car on Friday, November 14th at the Circuit of The America’s, with drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim pulling the cover off their new race car. The reveal took place a week ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show, where Cadillac unveiled the all-new ATS-V lineup — the 2015 ATS-V Coupe and 2016 ATS-V Sedan.
The ATS-V.R is the racing extension of the upcoming 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, the next-generation of elite, high-performance Cadillac vehicles. The ATS-V Coupe is the culmination of over a decade of high-performance V-Series engineering into a compact model — a first for Cadillac.
“The V-Series is the highest expression of Cadillac’s rising product substance,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “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 ATS-V.R is powered by GM’s LF4.R 3.6L V6 TT (Twin Turbo) engine capable of making as much as 600 horsepower.
The heart of the ATS-V.R is GM’s LF4.R engine.
The motor is a racing version of the production-spec LF4 3.6L twin-turbo V6, itself a derivative of the LF3 3.6L twin-turbo V6. It’s capable of producing up to 600 horsepower in the ATS-V.R. The engine features specific technical upgrades for the GT3-spec race car, including:
- Larger, twin BorgWarner turbochargers
- Increased capacity intercoolers
- Competition engine management
- Direct, side-exiting exhaust
“This car sounds wicked and screams like it’s ripping holes in the air. I love it,” said Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac Racing driver. “We have paddle gear shifters for the first time, and I’m enjoying the new tools. The engine torque is remarkable, as always, pulling strongly out of the corners.”
The ATS-V.R features many aerodynamic modifications to meet FIA GT3 specifications. An aero kit gives the ATS-V.R a strong stance, and the carbon fiber front splitter – complemented by corner-mounted dive planes — provides frontal aerodynamics.
A full under-tray directs air beneath the car to the rear diffuser, helping create a downforce-producing effect that plants the 18-inch racing tires to the track. In addition, the redesigned fenders contain FIA-mandated tire sizes.
The ATS-V.R meets international FIA GT3 specifications, a highly-coveted pedigree that allows it to potentially compete in more than 30 different GT series events around the world. Other marques in this ultra-competitive racing class include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche.
The FIA is the governing body for worldwide motorsport, with the GT3 class representing a specific set of specifications for racing cars based on production models.
The lightweight aluminum block and heads of the ATS-V.R’s LF4.R are counterbalanced by a rear transaxle unique to the race car, giving it a front-rear weight distribution of 49 – 51 percent.
“The Cadillac ATS-V.R is a 170-mph billboard for the next generation of Cadillac’s V-Series,” said Cadillac Racing driver Johnny O’Connell. “On top of its power, its aerodynamic package should pay off in the fast corners and I’m looking forward to unleashing it.”
|Construction:||Reinforced eight-point welded roll cage; carbon fiber hood, deck-lid, front fenders, doors, rear fenders|
|Engine:||LF4.R 3.6L, Twin-Turbo V6 with production aluminum block and heads. Developed and built by GM Powertrain|
|Power (hp / Kw):||Up to 600 / 447 @ 7400 RPM|
|Torque (lb.ft. / Nm):||520 / 704 (unrestricted)|
|Fuel supply (L / Gal):||120 / 31.7 fuel cell|
|Engine management:||Programmable Bosch MS5.1|
|Turbocharging:||BorgWarner EFR Series twin-turbochargers, boost set to FIA specifications|
|Intake:||Carbon fiber with integral high-capacity water-to-air-intercoolers|
|Exhaust:||Side exit direct exhaust from turbos, no mufflers|
|Transmission:||Xtrac sequential six-speed rear-mounted transaxle; steering wheel-mounted paddle shift; no lift shift; limited slip differential with 3.13 final drive|
|Traction control:||Electronic, driver adjustable|
|Brakes:||Brembo six-pot front with 380mm rotor, four pot rear with 355mm rotor; Bosch ABS M4 controls with driver-adjustable modes|
|Suspension:||Three-way Penske adjustable shocks, front and rear independent SLA suspension|
|Chassis:||Reinforced production unibody with race-designed safety cage|
|Pedals:||Close-ratio foot pedal box, accelerator, brake, clutch pedals|
|Steering:||ZF hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion steering|
|Wheels, front:||BBS 12" x 18" aluminum|
|Wheels, rear:||BBS 13" x 18" rear|
|Tires, front:||Racing tires, 315/680 x 18, series spec|
|Tires, rear:||Racing tires 325/705 x 18, series spec|
|Aero kit:||Carbon fiber five-piece aero kit includes side skirts, front splitter, fascia and dive planes, rear diffuser and rear bumper cover|
|Dry weight (lb / kg):||2,900 /1,315|
|Motorola two-way radio|
|Pratt & Miller-developed side-impact-reducing crush box|
|Carbon fiber custom-molded cool seat and competition driver air conditioning system|
|Willans six-point racing driver seat belts|
|Dash display rearview cameras|
Cadillac Racing was established in 2004. Since then, it has amassed 26 wins, 91 podium finishes (including wins) and 22 pole positions with the CTS-V sedan and CTS-V Coupe race cars.
Cadillac is a five-time winner of the Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championship, including the series’ past three seasons, as well as 2005 and 2007. Team Cadillac drivers won the Pirelli World Challenge Driver’s Championship in 2005 with Pilgrim and in 2014, 2013 and 2012 with driver Johnny O’Connell.
The ATS-V.R replaces the CTS-V.R as the official race car of Cadillac Racing.