Cadillac Racing had an incredible 2017 season, and now Cadillac House is becoming a destination for all racing enthusiasts with its latest installation, “Visionaire Racing,” which opened to the public Nov. 16, 2017.
“Visionaire Racing” is the new, action-packed interactive exhibition at The Gallery at Cadillac House. The exhibit is based on 1980s Japanese cult miniature 4WD model-making and racing competitions, and Visionaire brings its own artistic and curatorial twist to the construction and the sport of miniature car racing. In keeping with traditional Mini Yonku racing, both novice and professional racers as well as visitors to Cadillac House are invited to CONSTRUCT (car kits are available for purchase), CREATE (with an array of colorful embellishments) and COMPETE on the East Coast’s largest Mini4wd racing track.
Traditionally, this international phenomenon is about speed, along with personal expression and style. Visionaire Racing and Cadillac’s approach is focused on individuals’ creativity in both racing and artistic expression. Participants can decorate their own Mini4WD race cars, taking inspiration from Artist Cars on display by Tom Sachs, Marilyn Minter, Virgil Abloh, Laurie Simmons, Nicola Formichetti, Will Cotton, Kristin Baker, Heron Preston, Liz Cohen, Ryan McNamara, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Justin Adian, Bill Powers, Modem, Toland Grinnell, Jon Kessler, Van Neistat, Bob Rubin, Giacomo Di Mura and more.
Earlier this week, Cadillac held a private event to celebrate Cadillac Racing’s accomplishments, including the 2017 IMSA Weathertech Sportscar racing championship and 2017 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship. Jordan Taylor of Cadillac Racing, winner of the 2017 IMSA Weather-Tech DPi driver championship, and other members of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar racing championship teams were recognized by Cadillac executives, including Johan de Nysschen (global president, Cadillac), Andrew Smith (director of design, Cadillac) and Brandon Vivien (executive chief engineer, Cadillac). Members of Cadillac’s Racing teams, including Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express, along with event guests were the first to build miniature race cars and compete against each other on the brand-new Visionaire Racing mini racetrack.
Championship vehicles were on display, including the Cadillac DPi-V.R No. 10, the Cadillac DPi-V.R No. 31, the ATS-VR Racing Sportscar and a CTS-V in Vector Blue. The ATS-VR Racing Sportscar, which was driven in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship, will remain on display from Nov. 15 through early December at Cadillac House, along with the Vector Blue CTS-V and the Glacier Metallic CTS-V, two new colors for the V-Series.
Visionaire Racing is open to the public for racing every day from Nov. 16, 2017, to Jan. 15, 2018, from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends. (Call 212-418-3477 for holiday hours.) Visitors can bring their own Tamiya Mini4WD cars, buy cars on-site to race and keep, or race and return one of the available cars.