Cadillac’s long-awaited re-entry into the new Le Mans-Daytona hybrid racing category is now final. The brand will be joining hands with Dallara – the Italian chassis manufacturer, to construct a prototype racer – the LMDh- V.R. The prototype designed will be competing in the IMSA WeatherTech Series and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which commences in 2023.
A Promising History
The luxury brand of General Motors has witnessed massive success in the IMSA WeatherTech’s DPi category. With an impressive record of 24 wins in a row and winning the championships in 2017 and 2018. They are also winning the Manufacturer’s Championship as well.
All You Need to Know About the new LMDh Program
This new program will be a joint venture of Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing. Chip Ganassi made a return to the IMSA WeatherTech series this year with Cadillac. The new LMDh-V.R created by the Cadillac will make its entry at 2023 Rolex 24, but till then, we will see DPi- V.R competing for Cadillac.
IMSA and the ACO joined hands to create the LMDh class, which is also the sanctioning body behind the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars will feature a chassis made by one of the following four constructors – Multimatic, Dallara, Ligier, and ORECA. With OEM supplying the engine and the body. The LMDh class was fashioned as a low-cost entry into racing.
Which Other Manufacturers Will We See Competing?
We will see BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Acura, Toyota, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Alpine competing against each other in Le Mans in 2023. Lamborghini, however, aims to join in the year 2024.
More About Cadillac’s LMDh- V.R
Cadillac unveiled a rare three-quarter view of the vehicle, and it’s interesting to note that it doesn’t have a traditional rear wing. Even Peugeot is taking a similar approach. Given the winning history of Cadillac, it will be fascinating to see the new LMDh- V.R vehicle in action.
Lotus Evija Hypercar Has Some Pretty Impressive Stats
Numbers aren’t everything in car performance, but sometimes a vehicle comes along and it’s stats just can’t be ignored. The Lotus Evija hypercar is bringing a lot to the table, and it’s sure to have a lot of interest when it’s released at the end of the year.
Lotus’s chief test driver, Gavin Kershaw, explained recently to Top Gear that the company has some pretty big ambitions for its new electric hypercar. While many car manufacturers worry about its performance from 0-60, Lotus is focusing on making the Evija quick all the way through to 186mph. The Evija will hit 0-60 in under three seconds, which is nothing amazing in comparison to other sports cars. But, where Lotus is differing is the continued performance beyond 60 mph.
The Lotus Evija will reportedly go from 0-124mph in under six seconds, which would mean the electric hypercar would compete with the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. However, that’s not all, and the Evija aims to keep on acceleration long beyond 124mph. Lotus claims the Evija will go from 0-184mph in nine seconds, with the Pur Sport taking 12.4 seconds. Those are big claims by Lotus, and it would certainly put the Evija on the map if they are accurate.
Lotus says it is concerned with giving its drivers high performance throughout all speeds. The car is rumored to be more responsive between 70-80mph than it is from a standstill, helping it to reach its top speed in the blink of an eye. Lotus has compromised on the top speed slightly, but we’re sure drivers will feel that sacrifice was worth it when they hit 184mph in nine seconds.
Lotus has plans to bring the Evija to the track to give it some real-world testing in the coming months. That’s when the car manufacturer will discover if their car can live up to its hype.