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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, How does the V work at the track? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Little dose of reality. Thanks Jim....
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    Re: How does the V work at the track?

    Little dose of reality. Thanks Jim.

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    Anytime I see bad things at the track, there was usually some fatal flaw. If you have a good instructor, many of those mistakes can be taught to avoid.

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    Re: How does the V work at the track?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cabretti View Post

    Now for the fun part. Any cool horror stories? Ya know. The guy that came out to the track with his new overpowered sedan and puts it in the wall or worse?

    Have seen very few issues at the track and most events are very safely run. The really new drivers aren't usually as much of a problem as those who have been to a few events and think they are experts. The only issues I saw this year were at Barber on a very cold day. Very technical track that requires precise braking. There were crashes in several of our track sessions. Most could be avoided if drivers slowed down or pulled into the hot pit for a moment to collect their thoughts before getting back onto the track.

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    Re: How does the V work at the track?

    I just did a track day at Eagles Canyon Raceway and was a little disappointed in the durrability of the Cadillac. On the positive there was not a car on street legal tires that was even close to Caddy on a lap time. And in defense of this car, the track is brutal. All of the straights are 2000ft or less and most of the turns are hairpin. Alot of the brake zones are on downhills just to make it more interesting. I had four 30 minute sessions and only stayed on the track for one complete session, the other 3 ended in brake failure, the only session I completed was with "fresh" Motul 660 brake fluid and even then I had the temp light on for the rear diff the last laps. My car is boosted to 571 rwhp but stock brakes could not handle a difficult track. Plus I completely destroyed the PS2 rears drifting out of most of the corners in competition mode. It was a very expensive weekend but fun. If I ever run that track again I will need a diff cooler, race pads, fresh brake fluid and probably track tires just to further rub salt in the Porsche drivers wounds.

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    Re: How does the V work at the track?

    I have been on track for over 3 years with my V still going strong, I post videos at CTSVRacing.com. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I can tell you our cars do really well on track but you do need to some mod.

    Alan@CTSVRacing.com

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    The car is heavy and the brakes are enormous. The stress on them is huge. I think, much more than the V1, these brakes need to have fresh fluid and proper pads if you're on a tight track.

    I bought my TSWs for under $1000, delivered. Used track tires run me under $100 per, delivered. MUCH CHEAPER in the long run...

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    Re: How does the V work at the track?

    Quote Originally Posted by jessrayo View Post
    I just did a track day at Eagles Canyon Raceway and was a little disappointed in the durrability of the Cadillac. I had four 30 minute sessions and only stayed on the track for one complete session, the other 3 ended in brake failure, the only session I completed was with "fresh" Motul 660 brake fluid...
    In defense of the V, the owner's manual does state that you should replace the brake fluid with a higher boiling point type if you intend to track the car, which is in fact needed as you saw first hand (changing to Motul 660 solved the problem). Since it is documented in the owner's manual, I wouldn't fault the car for this as a durability issue.

    and even then I had the temp light on for the rear diff the last laps.
    This one I give you as a durability issue, and this one pisses me off too. The car should have come from the factory with a diff cooler. No question. GM screwed up here. Especially now that the Camaro ZL1 has one, and even the European CTS-V's have them.

    Plus I completely destroyed the PS2 rears drifting out of most of the corners in competition mode.
    Again, not the fault of the car. Drifting can be fun, and it is relatively easy to do in the V, but it's not the fastest way around the track, and it gets expensive with the rear tires quickly. You gotta pay to play (especially with a 4,200 lb. luxury car)!

    ...just to further rub salt in the Porsche drivers wounds.
    LOL - I like the way you roll!

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