General Motors has added another high-speed education course to the curriculum at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The desert track already hosts the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School with Chevrolet Corvettes, including the ZR1, and they've just added the Cadillac V-Series Academy.

Open now, the one- and two-day performance driving school teaches "the finer points of high performance driving" using the 556-horspower instructional aids known as the CTS-V sedan, coupe and wagon. This is different than than using the CTS-V at the Monticello Motor Club on the east coast – that's part of a sponsorship deal that Cadillac has with the track. The driving course at the Motorsports Ranch is its own program that was developed by Fellows, and we have no reason to think the Cadillac edition won't be just as thorough and enjoyable as the one with Corvettes.

Unlike the 'Vette edition, however, it doesn't appear that you get an invitation to the program if you buy a CTS-V model. Classes are capped at 12 participants and run $1,295 for a single day, $2,295 for two days. There are a video and a press release below with more info.




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Cadillac Creates V-Series Performance Playground
Educational driving academy opens at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

DETROIT, 2013-01-29 – This month marked the public opening of the Cadillac V-Series Academy at Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, where enthusiasts can register for one- and two-day immersions to learn the finer points of high performance driving in the Cadillac CTS-V.

The sprawling automotive playground outside Las Vegas features more than four miles of racetrack and 125 feet of elevation change. The V-Series Academy at Spring Mountain curriculum will continuously challenge participants with a blend of car control exercises and on-track performance driving, tailored to explore the capabilities of Cadillac's V-Series family.

V-Series Academy curriculum was designed by legendary race car driver Ron Fellows, a class winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans.

"The experience of driving a Cadillac V-Series car is extremely convincing," said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. "This new partnership with Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch opens a new experience in a truly luxurious setting for consumers to enhance their skills and put a series of world-class performance cars to the test."

The Cadillac V-Series Academy classes at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch will be offered throughout the year and are limited to 12 students per session. One-day sessions will be $1,295 and two-day immersions are $2,295. To register, visit www.CadillacVAcademy.com.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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        lkingpinl
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeah I also find it hard to justify that price. I took my V coupe to the track in Englishtown and it only cost $300 to lap their track all day. The only benefit of this driving school is you get to destroy one of their cars instead of your own lol
          lkingpinl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          Englishtown had an instructor that taught you how to run the course as well. So my original point still remains true.
          ksrcm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          Well, then you are 100% correct. You just missed to point out you were lapping with instructor in Englishtown. It is the same thing with car-specific clubs, too. Prices are about there as well. Around $400 for a weekend with instructor and your car, around $3K for a weekend using manufacturer's cars. Is it worth it? Don't know, I'm still reluctant to pull a trigger for a $3k weekend - destroying YOUR car for $400, however, is absolutely worth it :)
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
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        IOMTT
        • 1 Year Ago
        It may be expensive, but it could be the least expensive and most satisfying way to make you, and therefore, your car faster around a track. Unless you are very skilled, this is a better investment than any tuning bits which can run get expensive. Getting professional instruction is highly valuable. I will definitely be going back to superbike school or one of these all inclusive race car schools someday.
          lkingpinl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @IOMTT
          I agree that proper track training is a better investment than most upgrades, but I can't help to think the reason this training is so expensive is because you are driving one of their cars and not your own.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @IOMTT
          The fact you are using their car does increase the cost no doubt. I wonder what the insurance costs to run a school? That might be a big item on the I & E report too.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      ugh, the coupes look so disproportional. Just do away with them already. G6 coupe wanna-be; just needs the giant whale tail spoiler from the GTP.
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        i am cadillac fanboy and was off put by the coupe as well when it came out, but when you see one on the street you cant help but to amaze at its shape.....especially the V models.......there so menacing, more then any M or RS car
        lkingpinl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        You've probably never seen it in person. Pictures just don't do it justice. I've had my V coupe since June, and I am absolutely in love with the car.
          lkingpinl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          As I said to another commenter, to each their own. It may not be the best looking car on the road, but only girls buy cars for their looks. The way it drives is what matters, and the V coupe is an absolute beast of a car.
          lkingpinl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          If anyone is interested, here's a video of my V coupe vs a C63 coupe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ7MLeTvYS0 We only got 1 run on film before the c63 got off the highway
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          I've seen many in person; on the road, in the dealership, at track events. Every time I try to give it another chance and it just gets worse. Looks are subjective and its good you like it. Such a beautiful front and mid section, only to look like someone took a torch and melted the back. And with 550HP, that's what most people see the most! It should look the best.
          lkingpinl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          Exiges: I don't have to tell lies to my girlfiend to make myself feel better. I'm 25 and drive one of my dream cars, which I pay for myself without daddy's help. Enjoy ur beat up 92' beige camry.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          I've seen them in person. Your opinion just differs. I don't think they're remotely good looking myself. As others mentioned, the rear just looks way too big. Personally I think the wagon is the best looking hands down, but that's just me.
          Exiges
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lkingpinl
          I drive an 8 series and a Lotus without "daddy's" help. Your finances don't make erroneous inferences of other's design opinions correct. Your dream car is ugly to some people boo hoo.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks great, the Vette driving school is on my bucket list, maybe this would be a good substitute.
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I am a HUGE fan of the entire -V series (OMG wagon), and I think the coupe is lovely, it\'s one flaw is the giant slab o\'metal over and behind the rear wheels. So WHY, OH WHY, would they place the stripes to accentuate it?????
        lkingpinl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        Agreed 100% stripes ruin it. I'm not a fan of that color on the coupe either.
        md_stew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        I was thinking the same thing. I LOVE the Coupe, but that is not the most Flattering pic of it. I would be tempted to attend this driving school though!
        lkingpinl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        agree 100% The stripes totally ruin it. I'm not a fan of the color either.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please edit this article. Please check the grammatical errors. Are vs is
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