2016 Cadillac ATS-V at the Circuit of the Americas: Video
With its high-output, twin-turbo V-6 and sport-tuned chassis, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is ready to hit the track. And just as the car is preparing to go on sale this Spring, Cadillac took the ATS-V to one of the most challenging road courses in the U.S. – the Circuit of the Americas (CotA) – to give us some video proof of just how amazing this BMW fighter really is. The whole video was caught by the ATS-V’s built-in Performance Data Recorder (PDR), but the best part is that the car’s lead development engineer, John Buttermore, provides commentary about the car and the track throughout the lap.
The 3.4-mile, 20-turn track has all of the elements to challenge a productions sports car like the ATS-V, including the long, sweeping turns, the sharp, hairpin turns and even a couple long straights for the car to really stretch its legs. In the video, Buttermore is able to hit a top speed of 143 mph thanks to the 464-horsepower, 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6, while the Brembo brakes and Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control made cornering the car look easy. Buttermore points out that the electronically controlled suspension damping even helps to smooth out the track’s curbs and rumble strips.
In addition to showing off the track capabilities of the ATS-V, the video is also a good demonstration of how the car’s PDR works. The system takes track video and then overlays various information about the car’s performance such as the engine rpm, vehicle speed, lap times, GPS tracking, lateral acceleration, brake and throttle inputs, steering angle and even which mode the Performance Track Management system is in.
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