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CADILLAC RETURNS TO RACING IN 2004
Street-Legal CTS-V Supplies Performance Blueprint for High-Output Race Car

DETROIT - Continuing to demonstrate its technical capabilities and high-performance credentials, Cadillac today announced a race-going version of the CTS-V sport sedan, the most powerful car in the brand’s lineup. The race car, named CTS-V race car, will compete in the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge, a highly competitive North American race series for production based cars.

“This is a significant day for Cadillac,” said Mark LaNeve, Cadillac general manager. “The CTS-V race car is further evidence of the dramatic changes taking place at Cadillac. The CTS-V race car will improve Cadillac’s credibility with luxury performance enthusiasts.”

CTS-V race car is the first race car developed by GM Racing in conjunction with the new GM Performance Division, an in-house center designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models. The CTS-V, introduced in late 2003 as a 2004 model, signaled Cadillac’s entry into the low-volume, high-performance luxury car niche, and was the first vehicle to wear the division’s high-performance V-series badge.

“The CTS-V race car starts from a great set of blueprints,” said GM Racing Director Doug Duchardt. “The outstanding performance characteristics of the rear-drive Sigma-based CTS and CTS-V lend perfectly to a race-car application. We were able to maintain a significant amount of shared parts, technologies and processes in developing the CTS-V race car.”

By weight, the CTS-V race car is 73 percent stock-derived. The production CTS-V and CTS-V race car share common technology – in the form of the all-aluminum V-8 engine, front and rear suspension, steering system, differential and halfshafts – and talent, as the engineers who conceived the CTS-V for street use were directly involved in the creation of the race car.

Like the CTS and CTS-V, which were refined and validated at Germany’s famed Nürburgring, the CTS-V race car will prove itself on the most challenging racing circuits in North America. A two-car, factory-backed effort from Cadillac will debut at the SCCA World Challenge race supporting the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 2004. Championship-winning sports car racers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim will drive the works Cadillacs.

The CTS-V race car will feature a 5.7L overhead valve V-8 engine. It will produce more than 500 horsepower with a maximum rpm of 7600. It will have a 25-gallon fuel tank to carry enough fuel for the 50-minute sprint races that comprise the series without requiring a pit stop. Its top speed is estimated to be in excess of 165 mph.

Cadillac products for the 2004 model year include the CTS sport sedan, CTS-V, SRX luxury utility, Seville, DeVille, XLR luxury roadster, and the most powerful utilities on the planet; Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.gm.com/cadillac.

Cadillac is a division of General Motors (NYSE: GM). General Motors, the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide, and has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931.
 

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Cadillac Announces Two-Car CTS-V Factory Effort for 2004 SCCA Speed GT

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Pilgrim, who most recently drove a works Corvette in the American Le Mans Series, has run 22 World Challenge races and claims three victories in the series. Angelelli is new to the series, but will not be considered a rookie due to his extensive racing experience, including the 1992 Italian Formula 3 Championship and racing Ferrari, Panoz and, most recently, Cadillac sports racers.

The CTS-V race car will feature a 5.7L overhead valve V8 engine. It will produce more than 500 hp with a maximum rpm of 7600. Its top speed is estimated to be in excess of 165 mph, and the car, like every other in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge, will be shod with 18" Toyo Proxes RA-1 tires (275/35 front and 335/30 rear).

The SCCA SPEED World Challenge features two separate championships racing in separate 50-minute sprint races, a format perfectly suited for its title sponsor, SPEED Channel.

The SCCA SPEED GT Championship features production based, high-performance automobiles modified for racing with racing and aftermarket performance parts. Cars competing in the SCCA SPEED GT include the Audi RS 6, BMW M3, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang, Porsche 911 and Saleen Mustang. The SCCA SPEED Touring Car category includes smaller, lower horsepower cars. For more information, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

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