SEBRING, Fla. (March 15, 2023) – As Cadillac kicks off a year-long celebration honoring the 20th anniversary of the V-Series performance sub-brand, it is now the Official Luxury Vehicle of Sebring International Raceway.
The official relationship between one of the world’s most iconic brands and one of motorsports most famous racing facilities coincides with Cadillac’s increased global presence in motorsports. A four-time winner of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and a three-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Manufacturer Championship winner, Cadillac Racing has amassed 27 victories in IMSA competition since 2017 when it entered prototype competition. Additionally, the Cadillac V-Series performance sub-brand was launched at Sebring in March 2004 and a Cadillac CTS-V won its inaugural GT race in the Speed World Challenge.
In 2023 Cadillac will compete in both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship with its new hybrid-powered Cadillac V-Series.R prototypes. Both series will race at Sebring on March 17-18 respectively. In the 12 Hours, two Cadillac V-Series.R entries – the No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac V-Series.R – will compete against the world’s best in pursuit of the legendary brand’s fifth Sebring title in the last seven years. The No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R will compete in its first WEC event, the 1000 Miles of Sebring.
The Cadillac/Sebring International Raceway collaboration kicked off last year with the 2023 CT4-V Blackwing Sebring IMSA Edition. The track-capable car features a special matte black paint scheme that symbolizes racing into the darkness of the night. Spectators can view the limited-edition vehicle in the Cadillac Corral.
The No. 2 Cadillac Racing team won the 2022 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Neel Jani driving to victory. Bamber discusses his personal connection to Sebring and the significance of the CT4-V Blacking Sebring IMSA Edition on the Cadillac Pit Crew Podcast, available here: https://www.cadillac.com/sedans/ct4-v-blackwing.
In addition to its on-track activities, through its expanded relationship with Sebring, Cadillac will have a significant presence at the racetrack, most notably with its Cadillac Driving Experience during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 16-18, spectators will have an opportunity to drive one of five high performance and equally luxurious Cadillac models, including the CT4-V, CT5-V, CT4-V Blackwing, CT5-V Blackwing and the Escalade-V.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, a high-performance sedan with a 6.2-liter hand-built supercharged V8 engine producing 668 horsepower and capable of reaching 200 mph on track, will serve as the official pace car and safety vehicle of both IMSA events during the weekend. The CT5-V Blackwing will pace the field to start the 71st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and be used throughout the 12-hour race by IMSA as the event’s official safety vehicle.
Additional at-track branding and benefits for Cadillac owners at Sebring include trackside signage, parking corrals for Cadillac owners, hospitality and other outreach opportunities with Sebring’s large and enthusiastic audience. Also, spectators will have the opportunity to see the exciting Cadillac V-Series vehicle lineup in the Cadillac display on the midway.
“High performance driving is part of Cadillac’s DNA,” said Rory Harvey, Cadillac Global Vice President. “Cadillac has an impressive history with Sebring and many of Sebring’s most passionate fans are Cadillac drivers. Sebring’s demanding racetrack is famous for testing high-performance vehicles to their maximum on track and its fan base is equally famous for the passion and knowledge they bring to the event. That’s why Cadillac is proud to expand its relationship with Sebring and the 12 Hours as we launch a year-long celebration of the V-Series performance sub-brand.”
About the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing pace car:
- 668 horsepower
- 659 lb.-ft. of torque
- High-output 6.2L hand-built supercharged engine
- 6-speed manual transmission (10-speed automatic available)
- 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
- Racetrack speeds greater than 200 mph
- Rear-wheel drive
- Engineered to thrive under the most demanding track driving conditions while at the same time delivering an engaging and comfortable daily drive
- Active Rev Matching (ARM) that automatically adjusts engine speed to match the anticipated gear selection for smooth, seamless upshifts and downshifts
- No Lift Shift (NLS) allows the driver to shift gears without letting off the gas pedal
- LuK Twin-Disc Clutch for both extreme high torque capacity and great pedal feel
- 3.73 rear axle ratio
- Electronic limited-slip rear differential
- Rear differential cooler
- Magnetic Ride Control
- High-performance suspension
- Performance Traction Management
- Custom Launch Control
- Brembo® high-performance front and rear brakes
About Cadillac Racing
- Cadillac total wins in all classes/series since 2004 – 66
- Cadillac DPi-V.R wins 2017-2022 – 27 (most of any manufacturer)
- Cadillac total podiums in all classes/series since 2004 – 211
- IMSA DPi – 85 (The IMSA DPi class was replaced in 2023 by V-Series.R
- World Challenge – 126
- Cadillac Manufacturer Championships in all series – 8
- IMSA DPi – 3 (2021, 2018, 2017)
- Pirelli World Challenge GT – 3 (2014, 2013, 2012)
- SPEED World Challenge GT – 2 (2007, 2005)
- IMSA DPi Driver Championships – 2021, 2018, 2017
- IMSA DPi Team Championships – 2021, 2018, 2017
- IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Manufacturer Champion – 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
- IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Driver Championships – 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
- IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Team Championships – 2018, 2017
- Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver Championships – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
- SPEED World Challenge GT Driver Championship – 2005
- Cadillac Racing Twelve Hours of Sebring results 2022-2017
- Sebring Overall wins – 4
- 2022 (Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Neel Jani)
- 2021 (Sebastien Bourdais, Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval)
- 2019 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran)
- 2017 (Alex Lynn, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor)
About Sebring and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Twice voted North America’s No. 1 motorsports event by USA Today (2019 and 2020), the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is on virtually every driver’s list of events to win and nearly every fan’s list to attend. Sebring is famous for its bumpy race surface and large and enthusiastic crowds. The first 12-Hour Classic was held in 1952 and has been won by some of the greatest names in motorsports including Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Hurley Haywood and Juan Manuel Fangio. The race is part of the prestigious IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. When not hosting the world’s best for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the raceway welcomes amateur and professional teams and drivers to its facility approximately 300 days a year, making it the busiest racing facility in the world.