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Thread: How did John Heinricy do it?

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    How did John Heinricy do it?

    All CTS-V owners know the CTS-V sedan achieved a lap time of 7:59.32 at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, which was the fastest documented time for a production sedan on factory tires, until the Porsche Panamera Turbo clocked a time of 7:56 in July 2009. The vehicle was driven by John Heinricy during the attempt.

    Does anyone know how the car was set up during this run?

    The transmission was an automatic, was it set in Driver Shift Control or Tap Shift? And did John utilize the steering wheel paddles? Or was the transmission set and left in Sport Mode the entire time for the run?

    I imagine the Magnetic Ride Control was set to Sport mode, vice Tour mode.

    And lastly what about the StabiliTrak, was it left on or was it set to Competitive Driving Mode?

    Having never raced before (pretty obvious I suppose) always wondered how the CTS-V was configured during John’s outstanding lap at Nürburgring.


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    The first video will tell you everything you want to know. I'm going out on a limb here but I'm guessing The Great One left the nannies at home.

    http://www.cadillacvidz.com/cadillac...rburgring.html

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    I read somewhere the Panamera was not a "legal" run because it had some type of a roll cage in it to support the safety belts that added structural rigidity. Where as the Heinricy run did use pipe/bars to support the safety belts but did not add structural rigidity.

    In the video, John said he left in in Sport mode and let the tranny shift itself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9d5xf-xeOU

    EDIT!!!!! I fixed the youtube link. My bad.
    Last edited by Club Malibu; 05-19-12 at 12:42 PM.

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    Good video, never saw that one before.

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Club Malibu View Post
    You sunk my battleship!

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    He drove the faster auto and let it shift itself...

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    The funnist thing is that he was not even try to set a record. He was trying to get a good, fast clean run. He is one of my favorite racers.

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    He drove the auto because he was used to it, as he had been driving that car there all week. He also said he preferred the stick, but wasn't familiar with it at that track.

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    i also overheard that the Porsche was not on factory tires

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by smackdownCTSV View Post
    You sunk my battleship!
    Dang cut and paste didn't work right the first and it still had this link on my clipboard.

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Club Malibu View Post
    Dang cut and paste didn't work right the first and it still had this link on my clipboard.
    It would have been funnier if it was something gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pphilthy
    He drove the faster auto and let it shift itself...
    lol.

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    Re: How did John Heinricy do it?

    Yay, let's hijack this thread and turn it into yet another manual vs auto debate

    It seems to burn the 6MT guys to know the auto V is quicker 0-60 and that it set the Nurburgring record. Can't say I blame them.

    I respect the 6MT guys for their stubbornness and insistence in plowing the gears in spite of its performance disadvantage in a high performance car. I love manual transmissions too, but not in this car.

    *ducks under the table*

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    You think that you're right and I know I am. So we'll just leave it at that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal_V View Post
    I respect the 6MT guys for their stubbornness and insistence in plowing the gears in spite of its performance disadvantage in a high performance car. I love manual transmissions too, but not in this car.

    *ducks under the table*
    I think most of us just want to keep the facts straight. Personally, I could give a rat's a** what type of transmission anyone else has in his "V" or his reasons for choosing it.

    Jud

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