Cadillac (& Corvette) Testing At Sebring
Yesterday, February 9, was the first day of a major test for the
Cadillac CTS-V World Challenge cars, and both race cars were out
at Sebring – in the hands of Max Angelelli (#16 - below) and
Andy Pilgrim (#8). Testing went rather better than the facial expressions
A third chassis - the
test car - was present, for GM Performance Division engineer and
test driver John Heinricy.
sorting out the cars as they get closer and closer to the inaugural
race and the team is quite excited,” says Reilly Brennan.
“We’re running very competitive times in comparison
to last year’s race pace and pole in Speed WC and we’re
finding our drivers can be very consistent over a stint.
“After a full day
of testing various components we did a modified race simulation,
with both cars doing a standing start, with the whole team watching.”
Max Angelelli ‘took
the lead’, as requested, and the two cars ran through the
50 minute simulation more or less without problem. “Max had
to come in for a quick suspension fix, but Andy was able to run
the full distance and nailed his fastest lap on the final lap. Not
John Heinricy is the
engineer responsible for the CTS-V production car, and having performed
durability tests for the race car, he is simultaneously taking lessons
learned back to the street versions.
is planned for today, while also present is a Corvette Racing C5-R,
with Ron Fellows, Max Papis and Johnny O’Connell carrying
out durability testing, prior to the 12 Hours.