Cadillac V-Series Performance Academy @ Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch Final Session 30 Nov 2012
Some raw footage taken with my GoPro Hero2 attached to my helmet from my final session around Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch at the Cadillac V-Series Performance Academy on 30 Nov 2012.
I was driving a 6 speed manual CTS-V Coupe.
My first "track day" experience.
Cadillac V-Series Driving Lab @ COTA - Dec 2012
This is a few laps in a Cadillac CTS-V coupe during a Cadillac V-Series
Driving Lab held at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) during the weekend
of Dec 7-9, 2012. I ran in the morning group on Friday, Dec 7th, so AFAIK
my run group was the first batch of "outsiders" to drive @ COTA following
the Formula1 debut of the track in November.
The V-Series Driving Lab was a very cool event, particularly because of it
being held @ COTA. I've got quite a bit of track time in my 2005 CTS-V, so
running on the newest world-class motorsports venue in the world in a newer
V was an opportunity I couldn't pass up! There were 3 stages to the Driving
Lab. (1) An auto-cross type setup with a 0-60 "drag strip", stop box,
evasive lane change, and slalom. This segment was done in the new Cadillac
ATS with the 3.6L V-6 and automatic transmission. (2) A familiarization
session on the track in either a CTS-V sedan or wagon (I drove a wagon).
The instructor did the first lap to show each driver the line, then pulled
back into the pits, swapped positions, and then the driver went out for a
couple laps. (3) An additional session on the track in a CTS-V coupe set up
with cameras and GPS and g sensors. Since we had already been out on the
track once, the instructor did not do a familiarization lap, so each driver
got another 3 hot laps in. Apparently there were a few manual transmission
CTS-Vs in the mix, but both of the cars I drover were automatics, and I
didn't bother trying to mess with the shift buttons on the back of the
Interspersed with the driving sessions were tech / advertising sessions
with presenters from Cadillac and Cadillac's various partners on the ATS
and CTS-V (Brembo, Recaro, and Michelin). The Brembo session was the most
informative, as the representative recognized the knowledge level of the
group and let us ask more technical questions (rather than him just giving
us his "standard" spiel).
Each of the instructors I had in the cars with me was friendly and
experienced (they all had racing experience at various levels). Andy
Pilgrim from the Cadillac Racing Team was on hand to show off the
championship-winning CTS-V coupe race car and to answer questions. I've met
him at a previous Cadillac event and he was once again very approachable
and knowledgeable. All in all, it was a fantastic event, and very well run
by the Cadillac folks. If you have the opportunity to get to a V-Series
Driving Lab, I highly recommend it! Just sign up at
http://www.cadillacvserieslab.com/ to find events near you (or, fly 1500mi
to get to an awesome track, like I did!).
Building Our Long-Term Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon - CAR and DRIVER
We clock in at the factory to help assemble our latest long-termer.
Building Our Long-Term Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon - Feature
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon - Long-Term Road Test Intro
Cadillac ATS test drive - V-Series Performance Lab
Circuit of the Americas, Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab
he killed quite a few cones on this run...
This was filmed at max digital zoom on my Kodak Playsport pocketcam. Please
excuse the super pixelated video quality. No, it was not filmed with a
Drive like a pro at Cadillac's V Academy
Cadillac's CTS-V driving school in Pahrump, Nevada will teach you the ins
and outs of the vehicle and even give you a chance to race with
professional drivers. The experience, however, isn't cheap.
Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab @ COTA Onboard
Here's the onboard footage taken during Cadillac's V-Series Performance
Lab, hosted by the Circuit of the Americas. Cadillac arranged three
'modules' where you got to drive their selection of high performance
V-Series vehicles. This footage was taken from within a CTS-V Coupe for
one of the three modules. We were allowed to do about 1.5 laps of the
full-length F1 track under the guidance of our instructor. It was an
awesome experience! Cadillac did a really good job with the event and I
would highly recommend going if you get the opportunity!
2013 Cadillac CTS-V Track Test
Track testing the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe at Palm Beach International
Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab
Cadillac opens the V-Series Academy
This month marked the public opening of the Cadillac V-Series Academy at
Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, where enthusiasts can register
for one- and two-day immersions to learn the finer points of high
performance driving in the Cadillac CTS-V.
The sprawling automotive playground outside Las Vegas features more than
four miles of racetrack and 125 feet of elevation change. The V-Series
Academy at Spring Mountain curriculum will continuously challenge
participants with a blend of car control exercises and on-track performance
driving, tailored to explore the capabilities of Cadillac's V-Series
V-Series Academy curriculum was designed by legendary race car driver Ron
Fellows, a class winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans.
The Cadillac V-Series Academy classes at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
will be offered throughout the year and are limited to 12 students per
session. One-day sessions will be $1,295 and two-day immersions are $2,295.
To register, visit www.CadillacVAcademy.com.
Jay Leno's Garage: 2011 Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V
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