The 1993 Cadillac Allante was chosen to serve as the pace car for the
1992 Indy 500, the first time since 1973 that Cadillac had held this honor.
Called "the world's most powerful front-wheel-drive roadster"1,
the Allante was powered by GM's new 4.6-litre Northstar V8 that turned out 290
hp and 290 lb-ft torque. The Allante paced the race in stock
configuration, except for mandatory safety items. Three actual pace
cars were built with these safety modifications, with an undetermined number
of additional cars used for the 500 Festival Parade.2
Although this was only the third time the Cadillac brand had served as
the Indy pace car, it was actually the sixth time a "Cadillac produced" car
had paced the race, as the LaSalle pace cars of 1927, 1934, and 1937 were
also produced by Cadillac.3 The
previous Cadillac pace cars were the 1931 Cadillac 370 and the 1973 Eldorado.
1993 was the final year of production for the Cadillac Allante.
1,3 GM press release
2 The Allante Club of America historian believes there were around 20
track/festival cars used at the race, but there would normally be at least
33 to carry the drivers in the 500 Festival Parade. One such car is
Allante festival car #8. Photos by Nick Ferrantino.
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