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Caddy Revs Up With ATS-V.R Racer

“A 170-mph billboard.”

by on Nov.14, 2014

Cadillac hints the ATS-V.R will make "up to 600 hp."

What good is a performance car if you don’t prove the metal’s mettle on track? Apparently Cadillac came to the same conclusion and even before officially unveiling its new high-performance ATS-V, it’s confirming plans to go racing with the equally new ATS-V.R.

While the street model won’t put in its first public appearance until next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac lifted the covers on the race-spec model at the Circuit of the Americas, the Austin, Texas track that only recently hosted the U.S. Grand Prix.

A Real Performer!

The Cadillac ATS-V.R will get a significant boost over the already potent ATS-V model, the Detroit maker suggesting it will make “up to 600 horsepower.” It also will meet FIA GT3 specifications which would make it eligible to run in more than 30 different GT-series events around the world against such entrenched competitors as Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche.


World’s Fastest Cadillac

Don’t try this in your CTS-V.

by on Oct.13, 2009

Yes, this is a Cadillac...if you consider the 8.8-liter iron block engine under the, er, hood.

Yes, this is a Cadillac...if you consider the 8.8-liter iron block engine under the, er, hood.

Don’t try this at home. Or in your stock CTSv.  When Amir Rosenbaum set out for the world record for the fastest Cadillac, he headed to the Bonneville Salt Flats, clocking two runs at just under 331 mph.

A quick look at the bullet-nosed Speedliner says this isn’t your ordinary Caddy.  The product of two years of research and development, it started out as a fuel tank for a Canadian VooDoo bomber.  Measuring 38 feet in length but only 29 inches in width, Spectre Performance’s aerodynamicist, Ken Rappaport developed a tapered tail fin to house the rear wheels while minimizing drag.

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The heart of the Speedliner was a specially modified Cadillac iron block engine bored out to 8.8 liters and fitted with twin intercooled turbos.  In an unusual design touch intended to further reduce wind drag, Spectre skipped the usual, top-mounted scoop, instead drawing air into the engine from high-pressure areas on the lower side of the body.  There was one drawback: during each run down the Flats, the scoops sucked in 100 pounds of salt that had to be filtered out before reaching the engine.