GM Says: “We’d Love to Take Our Cadillac DPi to Le Mans”

GM’s Racing Director Mark Kent would like to see the new Cadillac DPi-V.R competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

The statement comes after the Automobile Club de l’Ouest turned on its heels and said IMSA’s DPi cars could potentially be eligible as non-hybrid LMP1 entries with only minor changes.

“We would love to be able to take our Cadillac DPi to Le Mans, in its current state, only if we could use the Cadillac body and Cadillac engine,” Kent told Sportscar365.

“Anything other than that, we really don’t have any interest because we don’t know what we’d get out of it. If they were to change the rules to allow that happen, we’d definitely have interest.”

Cadillac’s DPi is based on the Dallara P217 LMP2 platform but uses a Cadillac exclusive 6.2-liter V8 and features distinctive visual cues linking it to the American luxury brand. Previously, the ACO had ruled out DPi cars from competing in the LMP2 class with spec bodywork and also turned down the idea of creating a standalone class for the IMSA racers.

“We would just have to see where it falls,” Kent said. “If it falls into the top class and we feel, based on what else is in the top class, that it could be competitive, we’d be interested. We’d have to see where it slots out.”

The ACO is now saying the DPis could be eligible with some slight work adopting the governing body’s fuel-flow meters and electronics, plus an increase in power. Luckily, it’s believed Cadillac’s naturally aspirated small-block is capable of considerably more power.

The problem for GM lay with the ACO outlawing factory teams from competing in LMP1’s non-hybrid sub-class, leaving DPis as eligible, but only if they’re entered by a privateer team.

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