24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – Cadillac announces involvement in Hypercar
Cadillac has officially confirmed its participation in Hypercar, the new top class in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American manufacturer will take the track starting in 2023 with an LMDh.
Cadillac will return to endurance racing in 2023 in both the FIA WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the Hypercar class. The American marque will seek victory in the biggest endurance races in the world: the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1,000 Miles of Sebring and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In compliance with LMDh regulations, Cadillac has chosen Dallara to design its new car. Their existing collaboration already resulted in the construction of the Cadillac DPi-VR winner of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017 and 2018. This program will be implemented in partnership with the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and Action Express Racing teams (AXR). The new car will make its debut at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona before taking part in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 100th anniversary running of the race.
Cadillac Global Vice President Rory Harvey: "We are excited to compete at the top level of international motorsport in the LMDh class beginning in 2023. Like motorsport, Cadillac is making the transition into a future driven by alternative propulsion. The hybrid nature of the LMDh rules will help us to bridge our technology transfer to our all-electric future. We are excited to carry forward our success and continue to transfer our learnings and technology from the track to our production vehicles. We have had great success with the championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R and look forward to building on that record into the future with the next generation Cadillac LMDh."
Chip Ganassi: "We are looking forward to the new international prototype formula and running the Cadillac LMDh. We have had a great relationship across three different racing disciplines with GM and we are looking forward to developing the car with Cadillac and Dallara over the next year-and-a-half."
AXR Team Manager Gary Nelson: "The IMSA LMDh category is looking to be very competitive with multiple manufacturers. We’ve had a lot of success running the Cadillac DPi-V.R as one of the original teams since 2017 and we are looking forward to being a part of the next chapter of Cadillac Racing."
In 2023, Cadillac will join Toyota, Peugeot, Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, BMW, Acura, Glickenhaus and ByKOLLES in the top class in endurance racing.