• The carbon-and-honeycomb side impact safety structure, said to be more protective of the driver than just roll bars  

  • This air intake guides airflow into a coolbox filled with water and ice. Cool air is then directed to the driver's perforated seat, into his helmet and into his coolsuit.

  • Not-exactly-stock dash, with a stickshift for the six-speed sequential transmission in the background.

  • Johnny O'Connell's steering wheel.

  • The coolbox where outside air is chilled to keep the driver cool.

  • The naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter engine, sunk low and way back into the engine bay.  

    Richard Prince Photography, richard@rprincephoto.com, www.rprincephoto.com, 631-427-0460 (USA).

  • The 1.7-inch restrictor, as mandated by the governing body for the CTS-V Coupe to conform to the equivalency formula, cuts horsepower down to 460. The street car, which is also supercharged, has 556 horsepower.

    Richard Prince Photography, richard@rprincephoto.com, www.rprincephoto.com, 631-427-0460 (USA).

  • Said to be the kind of wing you get when you give an engineer too much time, this is the range of adjustment where the overhead-mounted spar meets the spoiler.

  • We were told the wing spars are mounted overhead because the crew couldn't get into the trunk otherwise, and the trunk houses the fuel filler nozzle and other ancillaries. The intake is for air to cool the transmission and differential.

  • Also for the equivalency formula, the CTS-V Coupe needs to weigh 3,100 pounds. The switch to carbon fiber components, along with other weight-saving measures like having no interior, got the car below weight. The team uses tungsten bars for ballast.

  • Cadillac Racing 2011, SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT, Long Beach, California, April 17, 2011, CTS-V Coupe race team Crew Chief Mike West checks rear wing height at the SCCA technical inspection area to confirm that the wing's position conforms to the series' rules (Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing Photo).

  • Cadillac Racing 2011, SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT, Long Beach, California, April 17, 2011. Along with all the other SCCA World Challenge competitors, the CTS-V Coupe race team was paddocked inside the Long Beach Convention Center so for a change from the normal track setup the crew was able to prepare the cars in the comfort of a climate controlled environment (Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing Photo).
  • Cadillac Racing, SCCA Pirelli World Challenge Championships, Long Beach street course in Long Beach, California, April 17, 2011. CTS-V Coupe #3 driver Johnny O'Connell finished 7th in GT and CTS-V Coupe #8 driver Andy Pilgrim finished 8th in GT (Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing photo).


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