Read more about ... [Read More] Cadillac is getting into prototype racing after a 14-year absence.
The American brand has announced that it will be competing in the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech
Sports Car Championship with the all-new Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Powering the race car is a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter dry-sump V8 which should make around 600 horsepower. A sequential shift gearbox operated by paddles gets the power to the rear wheels
while a viscous mechanical limited-slip differential helps evenly spread that power. The car’s chassis, which is built by Dallara, weighs in at 2,050 lbs.
Two teams that were previously running Corvette Daytona Prototypes in the race series, Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, will both be campaigning the new Cadillacs.
Those racing in the new DPi class will have to obtain their chassis
from one of four approved constructors (Dallara, Onroak Automotive, ORECA or Riley/Multimatic), which can then be fitted with manufacturer-designed bodywork, engines and electronics. This will help the DPi cars have specific styling cues and technology that reflects each individual brand.
This is different than the standard LMP2 class, which has every chassis manufacturer using the same engine and electronics package along with their homologated spec bodywork.
'Cadillac is proud to return to the pinnacle of prototype racing in North America after a 14-year absence,' said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. 'Cadillac’s V-Performance production models — the ATS-V and CTS-V — are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a place among the world’s elite high performance marques.'
Although there is no mistaking this car for a prototype racer, there are some borrowed design cues from the ATS-V and CTS-V, like the angular body lines, V-Performance wheels, Brembo disk brakesand more. The race car also uses a camera system to provide the driver with a view behind his car, just like new Cadillac vehicles.
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Read more about the 2016 Paris Motor Show Coverage at AutoGuide.com.
It’s September which means we’re back in Europe to take in the hottest new reveals and concept cars. In Paris you can expect cars from your favourite luxury automakers like the new BMW 5
series sedan and X2 crossover, or the new Mercedes GLC43 Coupe or AMG GT Roadster. Even Land Rover is getting in on the show with a new Discovery. There are also rumors of a new VW EV to hit the show, in order to distract people from that whole TDI scandal.
You can also expect many high end cars and exotics to make a splash, with Ferrari looking to make a big deal about its 70th anniversary. Keep your eyes peeled right here for all the details.
... [Read More] When faced with the prospect of testing vehicles, we always try to put the vehicle in situations that it is likely to encounter in real life with its owners.
If we have a truck, we tow something. If we have a minivan, we shuttle our family in it. If we have a hybrid, we drive as efficiently as possible. If we have a sports car, we take it to the track. When testing these Continental ControlContact Sport All-Season Tires
, we tried to do the same thing: find a route that realistically captures what owners are likely to experience.
The ControlContact Sport is an all-season ultra-high-performance tire
available exclusively at Discount Tire
(which provided the tires
and a set of Drag Wheels
for this test – model DR-67, if you’re curious), and it is meant to straddle the world of sport and touring tires for a wide variety of cars, and for drivers who want a little more bite and performance than a typical touring tire. These are not dedicated summer performance tires, so we thought a typical setting for them would be our favorite country road, a stretch of over 20 miles of continuous turns and corners with very little traffic. But to get there, we had to escape the city and spend a couple hours on major and regional highways, so we got a feel for both its everyday commuting comfort and its handling prowess in one gorgeous day.
Of course, every road trip needs a mission, and ours was lunch in cottage country
, to pick up some pastries for the folks stuck in the office, and a wilderness adventure of ziplines and hiking through the forests, but for me, as a driver, it was the road itself that I most looked forward to.
Setting out on the urban highways, I immediately noticed that these tires provide a very quiet ride. Our test vehicle is a 2007 Audi A4 Avant with 17-inch wheels, so the tire size was a fairly moderate 235/45 R17, by no means low profile, but sporty nonetheless. With a decent amount of sidewall, the tires can absorb that first impact of bumps on the road,