Cadillac to Enter 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans with LMDh-V.R Hybrid


Cadillac to Enter 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans with LMDh-V.R Hybrid

Cadillac has had incredible success in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning the title in 2017 and 2018 and triumphing at the series’ marquee event, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, four years in a row from 2017 to 2020. Now Cadillac joins a growing list of manufacturers that have declared their intent to challenge for victory at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, announcing plans to enter in the Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh) class for the 2023 season. This move will allow them to compete in both the U.S.-based IMSA series and the FIA-run World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 2023 Cadillac LMDh-V.R will represent the fourth generation of V-series racing prototypes, and, like other LMDh cars, it will sit on a standardized chassis and use a spec hybrid system. However, the internal-combustion engine mated to that hybrid system will be unique to the Cadillac and will be paired with unique bodywork. GM Design will work together with race-car builder Dallara and will partner with Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing at the track.

After nine seasons, the World Endurance Championship has retired the LMP1 class, replacing the top category with a new Hypercar class. This class will include cars that follow two sets of rules, the aforementioned LMDh regulations and the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) rules. The LMH class is less restrictive than LMDh but will also likely be more expensive. Both classes will be eligible for the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022, and LMH cars can join IMSA in 2023. LMH cars already appeared in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year: Toyota won with the new GR010, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus entered two 007 LMHs, and Alpine adapted a Rebellion R13 Gibson into the A480. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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