MARCH 15, 1999
Cadillac for Le Mans...
A prototype sportscar is being developed for Cadillac by Riley & Scott in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company has enjoyed considerable success in US sportscar racing in recent years. The cars will be powered by twin-turbo 4-liter Northstar V8 engines. According to Cadillac chief executive John Smith, motorsport is a good promotional tool in the European markets. The Cadillac brand is one of the most prestigious in the car world but the company wants to liven up what has become a rather staid image by taking on the top European marques such as Audi, BMW and Porsche.
It is not the first time that Cadillac will have raced at Le Mans; Briggs Cunningham entered a pair of privately-run cars for the classic French sportscar race in 1950.