Cadillac to Keep Racing for the Foreseeable Future

Despite major shifts within the organization, Cadillac isn’t shifting away from racing. According to Steve Carlisle, Cadillac’s new president, its racing program is “not going away.”

“We’ve got a long runway with our DPi cars,” Carlisle told GM Authority before expressing his excitement about this weekend’s 24 Hours at Daytona.

With major talent taking seats in Cadillacs for this weekend’s event, the car appears to have a serious shot at winning.

Not only will Cadillacs be driven by Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi–who you might remember from their Le Mans victory last year–in addition to the Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande, and former F1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Filipe Nasr.

Unfortunately, a trip across the pond for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is out of the question this year, the regulations are just too different, Carlisle did hint that the race’s recent troubles (Le Mans legends Porsche and Audi have both pulled out of the race’s highest class, leaving Toyota to race against itself), might give Cadillac the leverage it needs to field a DPi, or something reasonably similar.

After the Cadillac DPi’s runway runs out, though, EV racing will naturally be a temptation for Cadillac, which announced that it will be leading GM’s EV program in the coming years.

Carlisle wouldn’t be pinned down on what series that meant, but only one major electric racing series currently exists: Formula E. Now in its fifth season, brands like Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes are all jumping in with both feet, which would put Cadillac in good company.

[source: GM Authority]

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