Unveiled in June 2022, the Project GTP marks a return to endurance racing for Cadillac. It is currently only shown in draft form, but the brand says it will be ready for testing in the summer and will then race on the track in 2023. It’s built to LMDh regulations, so it has a 5.5-litre V8 engine paired with a regulated Bosch electric motor. Total power is limited to 671 hp. Cadillac has confirmed that the car will compete in Le Mans in 2023 and will compete in both the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship for full seasons.
While Cadillac has had great success in IMSA recently, claiming the overall title in 2017, 2018 and 2021 according to Jalopnik, the brand has long been missing from the global endurance racing stage. It’s been over 20 years since Cadillac last competed at Le Mans, and with an expanded hypercar class that now includes BMW, Acura and Ferrari, it looks like the 2023 Le Mans race will be the best in decades. Hopefully, this return to high-profile global motorsport will also provide a sense of direction to the brand for Cadillac, which has serious work to do if it is to regain its place as a manufacturer of world-class luxury cars.