Toyota Gazoo Racing may have grabbed five fingers’ worth of outright wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its GR010 Hypercar this morning, but fans of U.S.-badged cars at the summit of global sports car competition can now take heart. Days before La Ronde Infernale took the French tricolor to start its annual grind, Cadillac disclosed its intentions to return to Le Mans next year with its own brace of Hypercars, based on Dallara chassis.
A joint project between Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara, the latter of which builds today’s IndyCar chassis, Cadillac’s Project GTP Hypercar will mark the third generation of international prototype sports cars raced by Cadillac in global competition, including at Le Mans. When the hypercar arrives at the Sarthe next June, it will mark the first full Cadillac assault on Le Mans in 20 years, a tradition that reaches back to when the American sporting impresario Briggs Swift Cunningham brought a team of Cadillacs to the race in 1950. As you can tell by the impression, the GTP Hypercar already has a menu of current Cadillac styling themes baked into its lines. The hypercar will be ready to contest the 2023 IMSA and WEC championships, starting with next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.