Cadillac has confirmed a LMDh project for 2023 and the new Hypercar category in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA WEC.
A fourth-generation Cadillac V-Series prototype will enable the American marque to compete for the overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023.
The Le Mans Daytona Hypercar (LMDh) sub-class (of Hypercar) will replace DPi in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Rory Harvey, Global Vice President at Cadillac said: “For nearly 20 years, Cadillac V-Series has brought winning technologies from the racetrack to our performance cars on the road,” said.
“We look forward to continuing that heritage by competing in this exciting new chapter at the highest level of international motorsport.”
The specification formula, as opposed to the more open Le Mans Hypercar ethos, will feature a Dallara chassis to continue their ongoing relationship with the DPi-V.R.
Along with the specification hybrid powertrain, Cadillac’s LMDh-V.R. will debut on the track at the Daytona 24 Hours in January, 2023.
Their partnership will continue with privateers Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing, just like in IMSA.
“We are looking forward to the new international prototype formula and running the Cadillac LMDh,” said Chip Ganassi.
“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.”
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“The IMSA LMDh category is looking to be very competitive with multiple manufacturers,” added Gary Nelson, AXR Team Manager.
“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.”
BMW and Acura confirmed LMDh programs but have no WEC or Le Mans intentions (thus far).
Having won the 24 Hours of Daytona four-times consecutively (2017-2020), the General Motors brand will seek a Le Mans win to add to their accolade of achievements in the sports car endurance discipline.