No Perfect Formula Showcases Cadillac’s Return to International Sports Car Racing

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Cadillac’s history with the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race goes back to 1950, when millionaire Briggs Swift Cunningham entered two Cadillac-based cars to take on the motoring world. Fifty years later, in 2000, and then again in 2002, Cadillac returned to Le Mans with an LMP prototype racer powered by a 4.0-liter Northstar twin-turbo V-8.

Cadillac decided to return to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 2023 running of Le Mans, and you can go behind the scenes as the team prepares for and competes in the race, thanks to No Perfect Formula, the exciting new film that documents the journey. The film debuts Friday, May 31 at 7 pm ET on the Hagerty channel #2545 on the Samsung TV Plus app on Samsung Smart TVs.

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The film opens with scenes from the 2023 race. Shots of the crowd intercut with shots of the cars as they blast through the rain, then of the Cadillac team nervously looking on; all manage to capture the visceral thrills and palpable tension. 

Then the #311 Cadillac car spins out in the rain and crashes into a barrier.

Cadillac Le Mans 24 Hour Race Damaged Car
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Cut to Brian Scotto, co-founder of Hoonigan, who sets the stage: “As people, we love a good story. Nobody loves the story about the team that won last year wins again. They want to hear that story of the team that upset everybody. Stories come from struggle. You gotta give people a reason to care.”

By that metric, we as viewers come to care very much through a series of interviews with many of the members of the Cadillac team. We meet Laura Wontrop Klauser, sports car racing program manager; Vince Tiaga, sports car racing regulations; Kalvin Parker, assistant program manager; Aaron Pfeifer, vehicle technical lead, and Jim Igrisan III, engine build technician, to name just a few. Putting faces to names and hearing their stories, we become invested in the team members and can’t help but cheer them on.

Other cool, behind-the-scene highlights include sitting in with Tiaga, Parker, and Pfeifer as they discuss the reasons the team chose to go with a naturally aspirated V-8 rather than a turbocharged V-6. We get to join Igrisan as he accompanies the newly assembled LMC55.R V-8 to its first test on the dyno. Exhaust headers glow fiery red as the engine roars through its test cycles. As Igrisan sums it up, “Competitors, in my mind, took the easy way out. It’s easy to make power with turbos, easier to manage power with turbos. To compete with naturally aspirated engine is pretty cool. And who’s got the best-sounding car out there?” It’s a rhetorical question, of course. Igrisan is right: The Caddy sounds terrific.

The rest of the film follows the team through the testing of the Cadillac in the fall of 2022 and then on to opening of the 2023 racing season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, then to the 12 Hours of Sebring, and culminating in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No spoilers here—whether you know how the races turned out or not, you don’t know the stories behind them. For those, you’ll have to tune in on the Hagerty channel #2545 on the Samsung TV Plus app on Samsung Smart TVs. If you don’t have a Samsung Smart TV, you can watch on Galaxy Devices, and on the web. Global audiences can view on Hagerty’s Facebook.  After its premiere, No Perfect Formula will run all night, as well as every Friday at 7 p.m. ET in the weeks leading up to the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15–16. It’s also available on Cadillac’s YouTube channel.

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