: How did John Heinricy do it?



phickson
05-19-12, 09:01 AM
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.

Trapspeed
05-19-12, 09:58 AM
The first video will tell you everything you want to know. :thumbsup: 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/race-legend-john-heinricy-talks-about-the-cts-v-record-breaking-lap-at-nurburgring.html

Club Malibu
05-19-12, 10:03 AM
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.

Purple87SS
05-19-12, 11:30 AM
Good video, never saw that one before.

smackdownCTSV
05-19-12, 11:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NNQqHsIc-4

You sunk my battleship!

Pphilthy
05-19-12, 12:26 PM
He drove the faster auto and let it shift itself...

Haze
05-19-12, 12:51 PM
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.

marktanner
05-19-12, 01:09 PM
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.

RippyPartsDept
05-19-12, 01:26 PM
i also overheard that the Porsche was not on factory tires

Club Malibu
05-19-12, 01:43 PM
You sunk my battleship!

Dang cut and paste didn't work right the first and it still had this link on my clipboard.

smackdownCTSV
05-19-12, 02:45 PM
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.

thebigjimsho
05-19-12, 04:37 PM
He drove the faster auto and let it shift itself...

lol.

SoCal_V
05-19-12, 05:44 PM
Yay, let's hijack this thread and turn it into yet another manual vs auto debate :canttalk:

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*

thebigjimsho
05-19-12, 06:05 PM
You think that you're right and I know I am. So we'll just leave it at that..

JFJr
05-19-12, 06:12 PM
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

jzchen
05-21-12, 02:51 AM
I checked out the car when it was on auction. I forget which auction house. I remember reading that it was not street legal!

TriTexan
05-23-12, 12:45 AM
What I want to know is did he use the suede steering wheel or the regular one? Recaros? What station did he have the radio on? We gotta get to the bottom of the CRITICAL stuff! :bouncy:

JFJr
05-23-12, 09:54 AM
What I want to know is did he use the suede steering wheel or the regular one? Recaros? What station did he have the radio on? We gotta get to the bottom of the CRITICAL stuff! :bouncy:Ha haa! I think he took the floor mats out and didn't have the navigation radio, so the weight that he saved was the trick.

Jud :lildevil:

FreddyG
05-25-12, 12:55 PM
He had the most important mod that you can have....The Driver Mod!

The Man can Drive his butt off!

sykoV
05-25-12, 01:32 PM
He had the most important mod that you can have....The Driver Mod!

The Man can Drive his butt off!


100% true.