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Up-to-600-horsepower race car meets international FIA GT3 specifications


2014-11-14
AUSTIN, Texas – The next generation of Cadillac's V-Series elite, high-performance cars began today with the introduction of an all-new race car, the Cadillac ATS-V.R. Set to begin competition in 2015, Cadillac debuted the new race car at the Circuit of the Americas, one of country's pre-eminent racing venues.

The ATS-V.R is the racing extension of the upcoming 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, which channels more than a decade of V-Series engineering experience into the brand's first compact performance model. The ATS-V Coupe debuts next week, along with the ATS-V sedan, at the Los Angeles Auto Show and arrives track-capable from the factory next spring.

The new, up-to-600-horsepower ATS-V.R meets international FIA GT3 specifications, a highly coveted pedigree that allows it to potentially run in more than 30 different GT series 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 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 heart of the ATS-V.R is the LF4.R, the racing version of the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6 in the award-winning Cadillac CTS Vsport. Specific technical upgrades for the GT3-spec race car include larger, twin BorgWarner turbochargers; increased capacity intercoolers; competition engine management and a direct, side-exiting exhaust. The lightweight aluminum block and heads are counterbalanced by a rear transaxle unique to the race car, giving the ATS-V.R a weight distribution of 49 percent front, 51 percent rear.

"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."

Among the many modifications performed to meet FIA GT3 specifications, the fenders of the ATS-V.R were redesigned to contain FIA-mandated tire sizes. Other modifications include an aero kit that gives the ATS-V.R a strong stance, and a carbon fiber front splitter – complemented by corner-mounted dive planes – that provides frontal aerodynamics. A full under tray directs air beneath the car to the rear diffuser, which helps create a downforce-producing effect and plants the 18-inch racing tires to the track.

Since its inception in 2004, Cadillac Racing 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 Cadillac ATS-V.R is a 170-mph billboard for the next generation of Cadillac's V-Series," said 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."

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Cadillac ATS-V.R Specifications
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Cadillac ATS-V.R

Construction
Reinforced eight-point welded roll cage; carbon fiber hood, deck-lid, front fenders, doors, rear fenders

Engine
LF4.R 3.6L, Twin-Turbo V-6 with production aluminum block and heads, up to 600 [email protected] RPM torque 520 ft-lb (unrestricted), developed and built by GM Powertrain

Fuel supply
120 liter (31.7 gallons) fuel cell

Engine management
Bosch MS5.1, programmable

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
BBS 12" x 18" aluminum front and 13" x 18" rears

Tires
Racing tires, front 315/680 x 18, rear 325/705 x 18, series spec

Aero kit
Carbon fiber five-piece aero kit including side skirts, front splitter, fascia and dive planes, rear diffuser and rear bumper cover

Dry weight (lb/kg)
2,900 /1,315

Other features
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
 

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I'll be there for the second half of the races on March 8th! Can't wait to see this car in action. I'm a big fan of aftermarket performance parts and wonder how hard it will be to get the street ats-v in the 600hp ballpark.
 

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I'll be there for the second half of the races on March 8th! Can't wait to see this car in action. I'm a big fan of aftermarket performance parts and wonder how hard it will be to get the street ats-v in the 600hp ballpark.
That is actually a plan of mine, turn the LF4 into an LF4R in a sense. If those bigger turbos will fit in the ATS-V and upgraded inter coolers etc...of course I'll wait two or three years after delivery to go that deep, initially she will get an intake, tune, and tires for the 1/4 mile. I'll address the down pipes as well. Should be a blast. My V2 ran 10.8 on a hot day 646rw. Hopefully with a bit of work I can equal that with the ATS-V.
 

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That will be awesome! If I can afford an ats-v myself I plan on at least doing the basic bolt-ons. Livernois Motorsports was able to add 60hp and 85tq to the Cadillac cts v sport's LF3 so I would imagine that the LF4 with a similar tune will be a monster.
 

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I'm sure everyone here will greatly appreciate your work and any information you are able to provide. I know you mentioned trying to upgrade the turbos to what are on the LF4R but have you considered switching to a single turbo setup? You're obviously a fan of the 1/4 mile and I would imagine a single turbo setup would be a little more beneficial for you, if spacing allows for that setup of course.
 

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Single would def. be better, but I want to keep it as close to the stock configuration as possible, at least for the first few years. Who knows what the future holds
 

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I understand for drivability reasons why twins would be best instead of the lag that is generally associated with a single setup. Either way I'm sure it will be an awesome car and I must I'm jealous that you already have one on order plus such big plans for it.
 

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Lucky for me I was able to attend the Pirelli World Challenge yesterday at the Circuit of the Americas. Unfortunately, it rained all day long and the Cadillac team suffered in the bad weather. Pretty sure the cars were at half throttle, maybe a bit more, going down the straights. It was very clear they had to hold back. I will say the ats-v.r looks fantastic and has a very distinct sound to it. I prefer the v8 rumble but the ats-v.r didn't sound bad at all. Really wish I could have heard at full throttle screaming down the front straight, maybe next time... Oh and there were multiple ats-v pace cars there which was pretty cool to see. Looked like it had no problems getting around the track, thought it was going to pull away from the race cars sometimes. I'll upload a few cell phone pics and maybe a video or gif later today.
 

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Thanks for the report! It was pretty nasty all day yesterday here in Austin. I was wondering if the weather was any worse or better down at the track. I am excited to see the photos when you get them posted!

It seems like the weather has always been bad when I have been down at COTA. I am hoping that we have a really nice weekend for the MotoGP coming up.
 

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I totally forgot that race was this weekend. I would have really liked to see the ATS-V in person. Definitely post up your pictures as I would love to see them since I didn't make it.
 

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I wasn't there Saturday but Johnny placed third when the weather was nice. Yesterday I think he finished in 8th, and Andy was much further back. The weather was so bad that everyone was happy if they finished the race without a wreck.

I hope the weather is great for the moto gp. I bet that will be an awesome race to see.
 

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We had the chance to go to the pits and talk to the drivers and see the cars but the group I was with didn't want to move due to the weather. Unfortunately my pictures aren't all that great.
 

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Yeah, the rain makes people not want to move around too much. It is cool that you got to check out the pits and the whole thing. Where did you watch the race from? Grandstand or somewhere else? I trust that it was covered seating at least.
 

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Haha we had tickets for the cheap seats, uncovered, out in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully nobody showed up for the race so we sat trackside in the grandstands!
 
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