Cadillac Racing will compete in the 2023 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June with three Caddy-badged race cars, each featuring a unique paint scheme for the luxury marque’s return to the iconic event after a two-decade-long hiatus.
Cadillac’s race cars have been renamed, and are now referred to as the V-Series.R. These hybrid-electric racing machines already made their competition debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona, proving that they will be ones to watch throughout the IMSA season. At Le Mans, the V-Series.R racers will compete for victory within the Hypercar class.
The three Cadillac entries that will take on Le Mans are the No. 2 V-Series.R, which will be driven by Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook. This race car competes full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The No. 3 V-Series.R, meanwhile, will be driven by Sebastian Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon for the event. This race car runs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full time. Finally, the No. 311 V-Series.R also competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar on a full time basis, though it typically runs with the No. 31 emblazoned on its doors. This entry will be driven by Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken.
“We are thrilled to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the full Cadillac Racing team,” said Global Vice President of Cadillac, Rory Harvey. “Over the last 20 years Cadillac Racing has built a legacy of winning on the track and we feel very privileged to return to Le Mans during this exciting new electrified era in racing.”
As a reminder, the V-Series.R was codeveloped by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara. It began life as the Project GTP hypercar prototype, which was revealed in mid-2022, and features design signatures familiar to the luxury marque, including vertical lighting and floating blades. The V-Series.R harnesses a Cadillac 5.5L DOHC V8 engine mated to a hybrid electric propulsion system.