- Cadillac is preparing for the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona, showing off the gold, blue, and red livery that will be worn by the three V-LMDh endurance cars at the iconic event.
- Car number 02 in blue will also run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with new rules for endurance racing in 2023 making IMSA SportsCar drivers eligible for the World Endurance Championship.
- The V-LMDh car uses a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated DOHC V-8 engine and a spec hybrid system, sending up to 670 horsepower via a seven-speed sequential gearbox.
Cadillac may not be the first brand you associate with motorsports, but the American automaker has found success in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in recent years, winning America’s premier endurance racing series three times since 2017. With the first race of the season—the grueling Daytona 24 The clock—getting closer, Cadillac has revealed the livery that will be worn by its three V-LMDh race cars as they roll down tracks across the country.
Each car flies one of the colors found in Cadillac’s V-Series logo. Car numbers 01 and 02—run by Chip Ganassi Racing under the Cadillac Racing banner—are colored gold and blue, respectively. The 01 will be driven by Sebastian Bourdais, who won Daytona in 2014, and Renger van der Zande, who won at Daytona in 2019 and 2020 with Cadillac, with six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon joining for the opening round.
The 02 will be driven by Earl Bamber, two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Alex Lynn, and Richard Westbrook. After the 24 Hours of Daytona, the trio will head to Sebring for the start of the World Endurance Championship, chasing an overall win at Le Mans later in the year thanks to new rules that allow top-class endurance race cars at IMSA to also compete in WEC.
Car number 31, painted red, will be fielded by Whelen Engineering Racing, with IMSA 2021 champions Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims at the helm. Jack Aitken, who replaced one Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2020, will assist during longer endurance events, including Daytona.
The V-LMDh car was first shown last summer with the Project GTP Hypercar, and is powered by a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated DOHC V-8 mated to the standard hybrid system used by all LMDh competitors. The powertrain combines up to 670 horsepower, channeled through a seven-speed sequential gearbox. Cadillac has four wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona since 2017, and will be looking for a fifth win when the race begins on January 28.
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