103 IN FOCUS: CADILLAC DPi-V.R / CADILLAC.com
IS THAT THE NEW CADILLAC?
Testing in disruptive camouflage to hide its shape, the Cadillac DPi-V.R put in 2,000 miles of
private testing at multiple venues before making its public debut at Daytona’s mid-December test.
shape that would be beautiful in a
Cadillac way and be fast. The iterative
process began with several designs that
were sent to Dallara for testing and
feedback on potential improvements.
“Our primary areas of focus were the
fender shapes, air intake and sidepods,”
says Blanski, “and as we worked to
incorporate some Cadillac design language,
we found that we weren’t only achieving
what we wanted for the brand elements, we
were also hitting our performance targets.
“As an example, the air intake above
ROAD CAR VS. RACECAR
the cockpit was designed with a shape to
mimic the Cadillac crest, and the wind
tunnel tests confirmed that it was fast.”
Beneath the skin, Cadillac and Dallara
worked closely to advance the suspension
beyond its baseline using extensive
simulator testing, as well as on track. Given
that the car’s new bodywork produced a
considerably different aero profile versus
the standard P2 bodywork, significant
Wayne Taylor Racing works on its DPi-V.R
during testing at Daytona in December.
Brembo disks provide serious stopping
power – expect braking duels to be a
big part of the racing in 2017.
attention was paid to brakes and dampers.
As the car evolved, several of
Cadillac’s driver roster got behind the
wheel in both the simulator and on track,
with Wayne Taylor Racing veteran Max
Angelelli handling the bulk of the work.
When the car appeared in public for the
first time, at Daytona’s December official
test, over 2,000 miles had been logged.
Working with Italian
in-house design team
design cues without
6. 2 liters/ 376cu.in.
variable limited slip
6. 2 liters/ 376cu.in
Series spec based