Cadillac DPi-V.R. Vs. Mazda RT24-P: Building Contrasting Race Cars For 2017 IMSA Series

Dec 02, 2016 06:38 PM EST | Rachelle Balanay


For the 2017 IMSA season, Cadillac revealed its new entry which is up against Mazda's newly created DPi Class contender. The new models were the epitome of sophistication and class. The two rivals built different designs for this year's series, with Mazda leaning towards more flowing lines, while Cadillac focused on an angular design.

According to Road and Track, the difference in design is a battle of flowing lines against angularity. Mazda presented their latest 2017 RT24-P Daytona Prototype at the LA Auto Show, a first unveil of the Cadillac's DPi-V.R. was also given. Cadillac's Dpi V.R has an angular, seemingly razor-sharp contour. The design was conceived through the merging ideas of the Canadian-American alliance of Multimatic and Riley Technologies. The brains behind the new design were executed to conform to IMSA's new Dpi rules. The result? A rakish inspiration wrought from Cadillac's sedan models.

While Cadillac's DPi-V.R is built for blunt-force brought by it's harsher, and more defined lines for efficient aerodynamics built for racing, their rival Mazda RT24-P has a windswept design. The unique design of Mazda's RT24-P observe the laminar airflow principles, with its short and round fenders and smoothly contoured body. The lowered rear fenders are also part of the aerodynamic design, quite different from Cadillac's side pods.

Per IMSA's directives, Cadillac opted for the razor sharp edges, while Mazda created their hand-sculpted curves. According to Gear Patrol, one of the mandates given involves feeding their engines through overhead intakes. Both models followed the mandate, but with a difference. Cadillac's DPi-V.R powered with 600 horsepower uses a pair of articulated ducts to aspirate its 6.2-liter V8 built within its rectangular scoop.

Mazda RT24-P, on the other hand, is also packed with 600 horsepower, of 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Its turbocharged four-cylinder also uses a rectangular inlet but ends in a tapered funnel that leads to its compressor. The two contending race car prototypes will have its grand debut before the January IMSA Racing Series this 2017. Fans of the IMSA series will have no trouble telling the two race cars apart.

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