Meet the New Cadillac ATS-V.R

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cq5dam.web.1280.1280Just a week ahead of the introduction of the brand’s first compact performance model, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe (at the Los Angeles Auto Show – November 24 through 30, 2014), Cadillac unveiled an all-new race car at one of America’s premier racing venues, the Circuit of the America’s. Dubbed the ATS V.R, the racing extension of the 2016 Cadillac ATS V Coupe boasts a capacity of up to 600-horsepower in a  package that meets FIA GT3 specifications, yielding a highly coveted pedigree that would allow the car to compete with the likes of Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Porsche, in more than 30 different GT Series around the world. ”The V-Series is the highest expression of Cadillac’s rising product substance,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “Elevating and expanding the V-Series is the next logical step in Cadillac’s growth, including this new race car developed in GT3-specification, enabling us to pursue racing on a more global scale.”

The heart of the ATS-V.R is the LF4.R, the racing version of the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6 in the award-winning Cadillac CTS Vsport. Specific technical upgrades for the GT3-spec race car include larger, twin BorgWarner turbochargers; increased capacity intercoolers; competition engine management and a direct, side-exiting exhaust. The lightweight aluminum block and heads are counterbalanced by a rear transaxle unique to the race car, giving the ATS-V.R a weight distribution of 49 percent front, 51 percent rear.

“This car sounds wicked and screams like it’s ripping holes in the air. I love it,” said Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac Racing driver. “We have paddle gear shifters for the first time, and I’m enjoying the new tools. The engine torque is remarkable, as always, pulling strongly out of the corners.”

Among the many modifications performed to meet FIA GT3 specifications, the fenders of the ATS-V.R were redesigned to contain FIA-mandated tire sizes. Other modifications include an aero kit that gives the ATS-V.R a strong stance, and a carbon fiber front splitter – complemented by corner-mounted dive planes – that provides frontal aerodynamics. A full under tray directs air beneath the car to the rear diffuser, which helps create a downforce-producing effect and plants the 18-inch racing tires to the track.

Since its inception in 2004, Cadillac Racing has amassed 26 wins, 91 podium finishes (including wins) and 22 pole positions with the CTS-V sedan and CTS-V Coupe race cars. Cadillac is a five-time winner of the Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championship, including the series’ past three seasons, as well as 2005 and 2007. Team Cadillac drivers won the Pirelli World Challenge Driver’s Championship in 2005 with Pilgrim and in 2014, 2013 and 2012 with Cadillac driver Johnny O’Connell.

“The Cadillac ATS-V.R is a 170-mph billboard for the next generation of Cadillac’s V-Series,” said O’Connell. “On top of its power, its aerodynamic package should pay off in the fast corners and I’m looking forward to unleashing it.”


Cadillac ATS-V.R Specs

Model Cadillac ATS-V.R
Construction Reinforced eight-point welded roll cage; carbon fiber hood, deck-lid, front fenders, doors, rear fenders
Engine LF4.R 3.6L, Twin-Turbo V-6 with production aluminum block and heads, up to 600 HP@7400 RPM torque 520 ft-lb (unrestricted), developed and built by GM Powertrain
Fuel supply 120 liter (31.7 gallons) fuel cell
Engine management Bosch MS5.1, programmable
Turbocharging BorgWarner EFR Series twin-turbochargers, boost set to FIA specifications
Intake Carbon fiber with integral high-capacity water-to-air-intercoolers
Exhaust Side exit direct exhaust from turbos, no mufflers
Transmission Xtrac sequential six-speed rear-mounted transaxle; steering wheel-mounted paddle shift; no lift shift; limited slip differential with 3.13 final drive
Traction control Electronic, driver adjustable
Brakes Brembo, six-pot front with 380mm rotor, four pot rear with 355mm rotor; Bosch ABS M4 controls with driver-adjustable modes
Suspension Three-way Penske adjustable shocks, front and rear independent SLA suspension
Chassis Reinforced production unibody with race-designed safety cage
Pedals Close-ratio foot pedal box, accelerator, brake, clutch pedals
Steering ZF hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion steering
Wheels BBS 12” x 18” aluminum front and 13” x 18” rears
Tires Racing tires, front 315/680 x 18, rear 325/705 x 18, series spec
Aero kit Carbon fiber five-piece aero kit including side skirts, front splitter, fascia and dive planes, rear diffuser and rear bumper cover
Dry weight (lb/kg) 2,900 /1,315
Other features Motorola two-way radio; Pratt & Miller-developed side-impact-reducing crush box, carbon fiber custom-molded cool seat and competition driver air conditioning system; Willans six-point racing driver seat belts; dash display rearview cameras
S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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