In the World Challenge GT division, Katech is proud to the official engine supplier for the two Cadillac CTS-V.R race cars also supported by General Motors. These race car numbers are #3 which is driven by Johnny O’Connell and the #8 car driven by Andy Pilgrim.
The 2011 season marked the 22nd consecutive year for the World Challenge Championships; it provides teams, manufacturers and suppliers with a competitive production-based race series where they can prove their products. This race series is a thrilling 50-minute sprint, featuring top quality drivers and teams. To make the series even more challenging and competitive, the race allows zero scheduled pit stops or driver changes. This is the only North American car series featuring a standing start and top manufacturer platforms including, new for 2011, the Katech powered Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R coupes.
The engine featured in these Cadillac CTS-V.R race cars is the GM 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 and closely resembles the 6.2L supercharged engine which comes standard in Cadillac’s production version of the CTS-V. The engine is then built by Katech to conform to the World Challenge regulations. Many production components are retained such as the cylinder case, cylinder heads and valve train. The Pratt & Miller chassis paired with wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires causes high G-force cornering, in order to keep the engine lubricated, a Dailey dry sump system is used. The engines internals also receive an upgraded treatment with higher grade components to sustain high RPM and heavy duty cycle of yet another production engine turned into a rigorously tested professional race engine.
The 2011 season marked the first year of racing with the new CTS-V.R Coupe. The inaugural season proved to be a success for the drivers and Cadillac alike. Cadillac was a close 2nd in the manufacturers’ points, and proved themselves as a worthy competitor, and not just a luxury brand.
Drivers’ points in 2011 were as follows
2nd place: Johnny O’Connell
5th place: Andy Pilgrim
The 2012 season will kick off March 23th on the streets of St. Petersburg