Cadillac Back on the Track with the CTS-V Coupe

When I was younger, the very idea of a Cadillac on the track would make people laugh. Lately, the grins have been fading.

The company is now preparing the CTS-V Coupe to race in the Sports Car Club of America’s World Challenge, where it formerly competed successfully with the CTS-V Sedan in 2005 and 2007. The car will be on the Cadillac stand at the Detroit Auto Show.

First track tests are to begin late this month at Sebring, and the races will commence in March at St. Petersburg, Fla. Pratt & Miller, a well-known Corvette preparer, is rebuilding the cars. We have no tech specs yet, but the Coupe leaves the factory with a 556-hp supercharged V8—a pushrod engine, no less.

A few more details about drivers and Cadillac’s racing history are here.

Caddy’s race-prepared coupes will provide real GT competition for entries from Mercedes-AMG, Lotus, BMW, and Porsche—as well as Mustang and Corvette. The cars competing are listed here. SCCA designed this series “to provide teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a competitive production-based race series in which to prove their products.”

Similarly, the GM press release notes that the series will be a “key test-bed for Cadillac.” The company is making a great car in the CTS-V, and racing can only improve it.

Has anyone out there driven a CTS-V? Tell us about it.

—jgoods

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