Project GTP Hypercar previews design of 2023 IMSA and WEC race car

An on-track view of the Project GTP

Cadillac Racing’s Project GTP Hypercar is set to debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2023. (Photos courtesy of Cadillac)

BY MARK MAYNARD

Race car merges with show car in the just-revealed Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar.  The Project GTP Hypercar previews the third-generation prototype race car from the American luxury brand. In 2023, Cadillac will contest the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“By competing in both the 2023 IMSA and WEC championships, Cadillac Racing has the opportunity to demonstrate its capability, craftsmanship and technology,” Global Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey said in a release.

The No. 9 sidelight recalls the 1950 “Le Monstre” graphic for Briggs Cunningham’s brace of Cadillac’s he took to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Project GTP Hypercar was codeveloped by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing, and Dallara, the Italian race car builder. The dramatic styling incorporates key brand design elements, such as vertical lighting and floating blades.

Styling of Project GTP connects the hypercar to the future of Cadillac, according to Chris Mikalauskas, Cadillac’s lead exterior creative designer.

“The Project GTP Hypercar is a unique convergence of form and function and showcases Cadillac’s future performance aesthetic,” Mikalauskas said. “We have plenty more to come, from the upcoming race car to amazing production vehicles.”

The integrated spoiler brake light.

The integrated spoiler brake light.

Sports Car Racing Return

Since 2017, Cadillac has been competing at the forefront of American sports car racing in the IMSA manufacturers championship achieving numerous wins, podiums, and championships in the Cadillac DPi-V.R.

“Competing for the overall win at Le Mans with an iconic American brand like Cadillac is an honor,” said Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM sports car racing program manager. “The entire team is excited to continue building Cadillac’s racing legacy by competing against the very best internationally and in the world’s toughest race.”

An overhead view of the Cadillc GTP Project

The overhead view of the Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar

The new race car will be powered by an all-new 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 that will be paired to the LMDh common hybrid system (Le Mans Daytona hybrid).

Cadillac is recommitting to performance with an expanding V-Series lineup, including the CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans, the 2023 Escalade-V SUV, which goes on sale in late summer, as well as the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing engineered specifically for racetracks.

A rear side view of the Cadillac Project GTP

Project GTP will be powered by a new 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 that will be paired to the Le Mans Daytona hybrid system.

Cadillac says its commitment to performance is embodied in the V-Series lineup. Its recent expansion includes the CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans, Escalade-V, and the track-capable CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.

The race car will begin on-track testing this summer for its first race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2023.