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GM Open to Cadillac DPi-V.R Customer Cars

GM open to customer Cadillac DPi-V.Rs…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

GM Racing Director Mark Kent said they are open to having additional Cadillac DPi-V.Rs on the grid in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the manufacturer making available cars to customer teams.

The Dallara-based prototype claimed victory in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with Wayne Taylor Racing, which along with Action Express Racing are GM’s initial factory supported teams.

Kent said chassis constructor Dallara, which built the DPi bodywork through direct design input from GM, is responsible for Cadillac DPi-V.R sales.

“If someone wants to buy a Cadillac DPi, they can do that,” Kent told Sportscar365. “Our agreement with Dallara is that they can sell cars to other teams.

“We hope that, based on the success of the car, that other people are interested in the car and it helps grow the series.”

Cadillac is the first DPi manufacturer to open up customer car sales, with Mazda yet to finalize when it will offer its RT24-P to additional teams, and Nissan having an exclusive two-year deal with Tequila Patron ESM.

IMSA currently does not mandate DPi manufacturers to make their cars available to customers.

While a timeline has not yet been established, Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan stressed that customer sales of its Riley-Multimatic-based DPi are planned.

“My goal is to show some reliability in the engine front and then I’d love to see the opportunity to run customers down the road,” Doonan told Sportscar365.

“I don’t know if it will be during this season or 2018, but everything Mazda does from grassroots-up is customer-based and that’s what I’d love to see us do.”

Kent said the process in taking delivery of a Cadillac DPi would not be any different from the way Wayne Taylor and Action Express received its cars, with the chassis being purchased from Dallara and engines separately from ECR Engines.

“We’ve been supplying engineering support on both sides,” he said. “The business transactions have all basically been a customer program.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Torque is king

    March 15, 2017 at 11:48 am

    How much $$? Stock P2 chassis costs approx 500,000 euros, what about the Caddy bodykit, spares, electronics, and the ECR engine?

    • Andres

      March 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Half that number surely, because you do not have to buy the more expensive and crappy Gibson spec engine, neither the spec bodywork

  2. P

    March 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Team Joest is already one of the teams that might go for this caddy in 2018.

    • Jack

      March 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Jeost doesn’t want to be a customer. He will not run a customer caddy.

  3. Max

    March 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Since you’re buying it from Dallara directly you can probably opt to not get the stock body work and avoid paying for that. Running a P2 is at least a million dollar affair before a wheel turns.

    • Jack

      March 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      It’s cost capped to 500,000 race ready. So no, you are wrong.

      • Bakkster

        March 15, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        Yes, you can get a race-ready chassis for that, but you’d never actually show up to the track without half a million in spares.

  4. el_gordo

    March 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Should have waited to publish this one until April 1.

  5. Edgar

    March 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Someone please buy one of these and run it in WEC LMP1-L

  6. Luna

    March 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I feel better. John Doonan is confident…
    He has only one problem : Speedsource.

    • guest

      March 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Actually I think AER is the root of the problem.

  7. AF

    March 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Cadillac Prototype International; Coming soon.

  8. Jeff Wagner

    March 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    2017 will go down as another historic milestone year for North American Sportscar Racing like 1966 and 1999 were! All it took was the “DP poser prototype” elephant in the room to be finally booted out like the fans wanted! There is nothing but positive news and it will continue! The last thing to do is have open tire choice in ALL CLASSES like GTLM does and it will come in time! Make sure to make it to at least one IMSA race in 2017!

    • jim

      March 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      What was “historic” about ’66 re: American sportscar racing? The initial Can Am and Trans Am? When did FA/5000 actually start? ’67?

  9. Andy Flinn

    March 15, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    So GM is welcoming customers to purchase Dallara-based Cadillac DPis, despite the lack of any IMSA rule requiring them to do so.

    Meanwhile, customers are still banned from racing the Callaway GT3 Corvette in IMSA GTD – a class designed for customer GT cars – despite the fact that GM (Pratt and Miller) still do not race or provide any GTD customer cars.

    Someone please explain to me how that makes any sense.

    • Ben

      March 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      John said in a recent article that Callaway would have to pay the manufacturer partner fee.

      • Andy Flinn

        March 15, 2017 at 11:57 pm

        Thanks, Ben.

        If that’s true, that would be significant progress.

  10. Andy Flinn

    March 16, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Whelen (see photo) sponsored a Callaway GT3 Corvette in the ADAC championship in Europe last year. If not AXR/Whelen, I bet there are other teams that would love to race one in IMSA GTD.

    So I don’t think the manufacturer partner fee would be a massive stumbling block.

    • Jeff Wagner

      March 16, 2017 at 6:33 am

      This Manufacturer Partner Fee sometimes sometimes completely chokes off new teams and cars from coming into the series. There must be some validity to it or the teams paying it now would freak. I see where both sides are coming from.

    • Jeff Wagner

      March 16, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Andy, That was a good point made on Callaway! I say too the more teams, drivers, and cars the better!!!

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