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.

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Cadillac V Performance Academy joins free driving school party
Just in case you needed another reason to want one of Cadillac's hottest performers, starting with the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V, the first owner of each vehicle can score a free two-day course at Spring Mountain Motor Resort with the V-Performance Academy. According to Spring Mountain's website, the V-Performance Academy "is designed for drivers of all experience levels and includes dynamic car control exercises, visual skill development, and proper cornering techniques," with "brief" classroom sessions sprinkled in. Driving programs like the V-Performance Academy are all the rage right now. In the last few weeks alone, both Fiat and Ford announced free one-day academies baked right into the price of cars like the 124 Abarth and Focus RS. As with the Ford and Fiat courses, Cadillac is providing the learner cars. But where those other courses call on vehicle owners to shell out for airfare, food, and in Fiat's case, lodging, Cadillac covers tuition a $2,420 expense for non owners along with two nights in one of Spring Mountain's "luxury condominiums" and breakfast and lunch during both driving days. Students are still on the hook for airfare, although Caddy will shuttled attendees from Las Vegas McCarren to the track/resort, some 55 miles away. If you can't shell out for the flight to Las Vegas, a new CTS-V or ATS-V, or simply can't spare two days for a driving school, Cadillac is ramping up for another year of its one-day, traveling V-Performance Lab, which will run at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and at Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

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 family. 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 ►

2011 Cadillac Driver Training Program - Full Show
In June 2011, 60 Cadillac CTS/CTS-V owners & a guest had the opportunity to drive the owner's car on world-class race tracks at Mosport International Raceway and Calabogie Motorsports Park! The full-day session featured skill development exercises (slalom, cornering, emergency avoidance, skid pad) and 1-on-1 track lapping with highly skilled and experienced driving coaches. Visit for more information.

Cadillac V-Racing School at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
This is the view from the CTS-V that I drove at the Cadillac V-Racing School. The instructors were great and taught us how to handle this 640 hp machine. This was my first time on a racetrack.