Cadillac Confirms Debut of Daytona Prototype in 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Cadillac will return to prototype racing after a 14-year absence. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has confirmed that three Cadillac Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race cars will compete in the full 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) class. The first race will be the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, 2017. In North America The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series is the fastest and most technologically advanced sports car racing series.


The Cadillac DPi-V.R will be powered by a race-prepped, naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter Cadillac V-8 engine. It produces 600 horsepower when tuned for IMSA -mandated air restrictors. It has a maximum RPM level of 7,600.

The chassis for the Cadillac DPi-V.R was designed by world renowned Italian manufacturer Dallara. Styling cues were inspired by Cadillac’s current line of V Series high-performance production models, primarily the CTS-V. Each detail of the final design was carefully selected by engineers to support the car’s on-track performance and indisputable Cadillac reputation.

Production / Race Car Comparison

Detail Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac DPi-V.R
Engine Type 6.2L/376 cu in 6.2L/376 cu in
Induction Supercharged V-8 Naturally aspirated V-8
Fuel System Direct fuel injection Fuel injection
Horsepower 640 @ 6,400 RPM 600 @ 6,800 RPM (approx.)
Torque 630 lb.- ft. @ 3600 RPM Series spec based
Lubrication Semi-wet sump, 1.0 G Dry sump
Transmission 8-speed automatic with LC Transverse sequential
Brakes Brembo 4-wheel disc, 2-piece Brembo 4-wheel disc
Weight 4,141 lbs. (1,878 kg.) 2,050 lbs. (930 kg.)
Final Drive Electronically variable
limited slip
Viscous mechanical limited slip