Automotive Showplace

The Automotive Showplace is a rotating exhibit space at the Detroit Historical Museum that features rare and unique vehicles from the Detroit Historical Society’s collection, presented by Warner Norcross & Judd.




NOW OPEN through June 30, 2019 in the Automotive Showplace at the entrance of America’s Motor City

30 Races of the Grand Prix

Over the years, 21 different racing series have participated in the Detroit Grand Prix, representing race cars as wildly different as the sleek open-wheel IndyCar cars to the big, brutish Trans Am cars, to the exotic sports cars of IMSA. Everything from compact production-based cars to off-road racing trucks have raced in the Motor City, and drivers have included the most famous racing names in history as well as those just starting their racing journeys. Learn more about the Grand Prix's 30-year history in this exhibition, which also features a Cadillac CTS-V.R.

2011 Cadillac

Cadillac returned to racing in 2011 with two CTS-V.R. coupes; competition versions of the popular CTS model available at Cadillac dealerships. Driven in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Series by Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim, the Cadillac featured here competed against other production-based racer’s cars from manufacturers around the world.

After two race wins in their first year back, Team Cadillac posted four wins in 2012, including two at Detroit’s Belle Isle Raceway. As a result, O’Connell won the series Drivers Championship (his first of three straight) and Cadillac won the prestigious Manufacturer Title; a feat they would repeat in 2013 and 2014, when it topped Audi, Ferrari, Porsche, Volvo and McLaren despite challenging rule changes.

Retired after 2014 season, the CTS-V.R.’s had a dominant run: 14 pole positions, 50 podium finishes and 15 wins in just four years. However, the Cadillacs were most impressive on their hometown track, winning five of the six races in which they competed on Belle Isle.

Specifications (Race Car):

• Year: 2011
• Make: Cadillac
• Model: CTS-V.R.
• Engine: 6.2L (376 Cubic Inch) V-8
• Induction/Fuel System: Naturally Aspirated, Direct Injection
• Horsepower: 505 (based on series regulated restrictions)
• Transmission: 6-speed manual (X-Trac sequential)
• Weight: 3,100 lbs.

Specifications (Production Model):

• Year: 2011
• Make: Cadillac
• Model: CTS-V
• Engine: 6.2L (376 Cubic Inch) V-8
• Induction/Fuel System: Direct Injection
• Horsepower: 556
• Transmission: 6-speed manual or automatic
• Weight: 4,217 lbs.

Supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and MotorCities National Heritage Area.