Cadillac XLR-V Track Day Daytona International Speedway SCCA PDX
SCCA Instructors Tom Burt and Matt Juengel taking a Caddy out for it's first time on the track and their first time in the car and on the that course. Only took 9 minutes before the engine overheated and the brakes were done!!! WHHHHEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Cadillac XLR-V--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive and Review 2012 Chris Moran
Cadillac XLR-V--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive and Review with Chris Moran. Presented by D&M Motorsports.
For those who wanted to go really fast and be coddled while doing it, Cadillac created the XLR-V convertible, which was produced from 2006 to 2009. The V at the end of the car's moniker indicated that it was a performance variant of Cadillac's XLR, but it could've easily stood for viciously quick and very luxurious.
Viciously quick came courtesy of this Cadillac's supercharged V8, which could send you hurtling from zero to 60 in less than 5 seconds. Taking a cue from European ultraluxury manufacturers, Cadillac gave each V8 a personal touch, with each being built from start to finish by a single craftsman. Very luxurious was the end result of the wealth of standard features that came on the Cadillac XLR-V roadster. Adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel, head-up display and a voice-activated navigation system are just a few examples of the latter.
Unfortunately, the XLR-V just didn't stack up to its similarly priced rivals from Germany, Britain and even within General Motors itself. The XLR-V may have been vicious, but it lacked the slick handling, high levels of refinement and interior furnishings others offered.
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Designed to facilitate wind-tousled tresses and sun-kissed cheeks, the Cadillac XLR-V was available only as a two-seat convertible with a retractable hardtop. Aside from its high-performance innards, this special XLR was distinguished from its less spirited sibling by a unique front grille and a sculpted hood designed to accommodate the 443-horsepower V8's Supercharger. Sent to the rear wheels via a manually shiftable six-speed automatic, all that thrust was good enough to catapult the XLR-V to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
The XLR-V came one way -- fully loaded and was essentially unchanged during its four-year production run. Perks like Bluetooth phone connectivity, heated leather seats and adaptive cruise control were all standard. The XLR-V's power-retractable hardtop could go from closed to open (and vice-versa) in about 30 seconds. Though the XLR-V's interior was attractive, trimmed with gleaming aluminum accents and burnished exotic wood, it was still subpar compared to its similarly priced rivals. Also, the cockpit was somewhat tight for taller drivers and cargo room was limited as well.
During our time in the XLR-V, we found ourselves swept away on a wave of raw power as the XLR was eager to leap to attention at the slightest tap of the throttle. Its Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension was tuned to be sportier than it was on the standard XLR and indeed provided sharper handling seemingly with no penalty in ride comfort. But compared to its more athletic and refined European rivals, the XLR-V still came up a bit short as its steering was overly heavy and its handling wasn't as agile.
SCCA PDX Daytona 4/15/2012
SCCA PDX Daytona Infield School Course 4/15/2012
Subaru Impreza WRX STi
235/40R18 Dunlop Star Specs
Best Lap: 59.3
Daytona PDX Sunday - Session 2
This is the second session of the PDX at DIS taken from the dash of my Mazdaspeed 3.
It picks up shortly after the yellow with me following Tim. After getting by Tim, Dat gets away in traffic and I work to catch him. Luckily he gets caught by traffic, but I couldn't get past him before the session ends. The video ends before that due to the YouTube time limit.
Daytona International Speedway Mini Cooper vs Corvette PBOC HPDE Solo Group
Session 3 Saturday, taking buddy and fellow instructor Dave around for his first trip on Daytona. Had to go High in Nascar 1 & 2 due to traffic and then caught a Vette. The Vette didn't understand the physics of a car that wasn't previously in the mirror constantly re-appearing.
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The Promised Land- My Daytona Speedway Experience- #210 CBUCK KEMCO ROUSH Mustang HPDE Track Day
Hooked on Driving (HOD), High Performance Driving Event (HPDE) on the Rolex 24 Hour road course at Daytona International Speedway. My "Grassroots Motorsports" car is my everyday, drive to work, # 210 2008 ROUSH 427R Mustang. Cars run in alternating 30 minute sessions. Drivers are grouped, and have on course rules, based on experience. Instruction is required and provided in the Beginner's Group. HOD has multiple events each month in Florida and schedules Daytona the first weekend in December.
The # 210 CBUCK-KEMCO ROUSH Mustang is supported by CBUCK Engineering, KEMCO Performance and KAUFF'S Enterprises. Safety is enhanced with a Sport Roll Bar by FAB-X Performance custom fabricators. YOKOHAMA S.drive High Performance tires are used for both every day drive to work and road course HPDE track days. (Y rated, maximum speed capability designation)
The Driver is James (Jimmy) Buckner..
Caterpillar D9 supports Paver. Cat D8 supports Roller. Hamm DV-8 Double Steel Drum Roller compacts asphalt. ABG 525 fixed screen paver places asphalt. Triaxle Dump Truck hauls asphalt. Roadtec 1000 shuttle buggy transfers asphalt from truck to crane. Link Belt 60 ton hydraulic crane supports conveyor that feeds asphalt to paver.
Real World Test Drive Cadillac Convertible
If it goes into production, the Cadillac Ciel will be the first four door luxury convertible from Detroit since the Beach Boys could still be called "boys."
Real World Test Drive's Grant Winter has the story from New York:
Dodge Viper ACR racing at Daytona International Speedway with PBOC and Viper Days
Here is a 10 min video of Chad McNiel and David McNiel trip to Daytona - First are random pictures of the cars and track and then on to racing.... Chad Raced his SRT-4 Neon in the Challenge group of Viper Days and PBOC Florida Chapter and hit speeds in the 140's.... Me, well I in the race group and was toping out around 170 on the main straight...The track was fairly challenging and was very fast. A ton of walls and things to hit if you went off - During the 2-hour endurance race on Saturday 4 cars had blowouts - 2 of which hit the wall and had a lot of damage.... I think they learned a lot about proper tire pressures that day. Lots of cars from raced from BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, corvette and Comp Coupe Viper and yes the Dodge Viper ACR; Kevin Ferguson and Brad Gorrondana from the Dallas area with their ACRs were with us too.
Cadillac XLR & XLR-V Fusion Exhaust by Billy Boat Performance Exhaust
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It's got swagger, style and stunning good looks.
It's like the Great Gatsby of Cadillacs.
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