Following recent announcements, iRacing took to Twitter this weekend to post a cryptic video which many suggest includes the Cadillac Hypercar. Could the racer release before Le Mans?
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Last week, iRacing made several announcements, including the upcoming addition of MotorLand Aragon to the service. But that’s not all that may be arriving in the game upon its next major content drop.
With Le Mans around the corner, Hypercar hype is at it highest and it looks like iRacing wants to capitalise. The team posted a cryptic video to Twitter over the weekend along with the caption “Something is roaring through the streets of Detroit…” Endurance racing fans will recognise this as one thing only; the Cadillac LMDh that will make its Le Mans debut this June in the Hypercar class.
We are now just a few weeks away from the biggest endurance race of the year, and also iRacing‘s 2023 Season 3 update. Could this mean that the prototype will be in the game before Le Mans?
Cadillac Hypercar coming to iRacing
iRacing fans have known for a while that the Cadillac V-Series.R LMDh is on its way to the simulator. In an article a few months ago, we discovered that every current LMDh prototype is in the works. In fact, the current BMW will be joined at some point by the Cadillac, Porsche and Acura racers.
This latest teaser hints at the fact that at least one of the remaining trio will feature in the Season 3 drop. Not only does the Tweet caption hint at the location of Cadillac’s head quarters, the video even shows brief glimpses of the car. A keen eye will spot the recognisable shark fin and livery design poking out from above the Belle Isle barriers.
Much like its DPi predecessor, the Cadillac V-Series.R LMDh is a loud and brash racer powered by a large capacity V8. Its 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 easily gets the car to the class’ 500kW – or 670hp limit. That’s helped along by a small electric motor on the front axle providing an additional kick on longer straights.
The Caddy is a brash and rudimentary take on the Hypercar and GTP regulations. But that has little impact on its popularity or its success. Just four races into the IMSA calendar, it has picked up a pair of wins. Furthermore, as one can tell from the iRacing clip, its engine note leaves fans in awe wherever it goes.
As an avid endurance racing fan, I welcome the introduction of LMDh cars with open arms. Getting to drive them brand new machines on the iRacing service is what simracing is all about for me. We already know that the Porsche and Acura are also on their way to the game. So I’d love for all the three to drop at the next update, just before Le Mans gets going.
In the FIA WEC, the Hypercar class also features LMH cars from the likes of Ferrari and Peugeot. In an ideal world, I would want to see these models also arrive in the game.
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