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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 steering wheel. 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 to find events near you (or, fly 1500mi to get to an awesome track, like I did!).

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Test Drive & High-Performance Luxury Car Video Review
The first generation Cadillac CTS-V debuted back in 2004 and came with an engine out of a C5 generation Corvette. This CTS-V flew under the radar for a few years until the release of the second generation car back in 2009. This model turned the automotive world on its side thanks to a fire-breathing supercharged V-8 motor that made 556 horsepower and set a factory production sedan lap record at the Nürburgring ring. Then in 2011 we got CTS-V coupe and wagon models. The price on the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V coupe is $63,600. Read More About the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac does a great job of distinguishing their V-Series cars and the CTS-V has a handful of cues that tell the eagle-eyed enthusiast this car means business. First thing you notice is the shiny mesh, aggressive lower front fascia, massive black rims, and red Brembo brake calipers. The coupe itself is a cool looking car with the angular shape and metallic paint job. Out back the CTS-V sports an integrated rear wing and a trick center mount Exhaust. Under the hood is where the magic happens. The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V is powered by an LSA engine taken from a Corvette ZR-1. This Supercharged 6.2 Liter V-8 makes a whopping 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent through a 6-speed transmission (auto or manual) to the rear wheels. This luxury coupe looks good, sounds good, feels good, and most importantly goes like a bat out of hell. The interior is very driver focused. The model tested here is outfitted with the $3400 Recaro performance seating package. An Alcantara treatment is given to the steering wheel and shift knob. The real thrill of any V-Series Cadillac is driving it. The CTS-V offers you a great driving position with an unobstructed view of the road. More importantly though is the great engine and gearbox sending that power to the rear wheels which means fun. The ride is perfect thanks to the Magnetic-Controlled shocks that are usually found on high priced exotics. Now this may be the swan song for the Cadillac CTS-V coupe edition and if so we will always smile about how it lived. See More Car Videos Join Our Facebook Page

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This Mortal Coil - My Father.
For my wife. My father always promised us that we would live in France. We'd go boating on the Seine and I would learn to dance. We lived in Ohio then. He worked in the mines. All his dreams, like boats we knew We'd sail in time. My sister's all grew up and went away, to Denver and Cheyenne. Marrying their grown up dreams, the lilacs and the man. I stayed behind, the youngest still only danced alone. Hoping... Hoping... that my father's dreams would someday take me home. I live in Paris now, my children dance and dream. Hearing the ways of a miner's life, In words they never say. I sail my memories of home, Like boats across the Seine. And watch my father's eyes... watching the setting sun... set in my father's eyes again