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I've been thinking lately about my V3 supposedly being able to do 200mph and would love to experience that. Since I wouldn't ever try something like that or anywhere close to that on public roads, I've been searching around to find a privately run program with a location that provides a safe controlled driving experience. Speed Week at Bonneville salt flats sounds cool but doesn't have the training that I'd be looking for like what I've read about at locations like the Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds. Has anyone done something like this? And has anyone heard of a location in the southwest that hosts this type of driving?
 

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I will say that above 150 MPH things get a bit weird. The eye is trained to process at 18MPH (max).
at 150 mph you are moving 220ft/s
at 17 mph = 249.3 ft/s
at 200 mph = 293.3 ft/s

Good luck and let me know what you find out on where to test, I'm curious.
My experience with the 150 mile an hour statement you made is correct.
Simply put; it’s a different world above 150 mph.

Also, don’t forget; you also need better brakes… Lol
 
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My experience with the 150 mile an hour statement you made is correct.
Simply put; it’s a different world above 150 mph.

Also, don’t forget; you also need better brakes… Lol
The stock V3 brakes were used when Cadillac verified the car goes 200mph. Plus there are only pad upgrades for V3s, rotors are factory only. Did you have something different in mind?
 

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There was an event, like the Texas mile, they do/did in Florida. I'd like to do it too.
 

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DOT 4 fluid and SS brake lines all around, PFC pads 08 compound if they make them for the V.

When I tracked my wagon the stock brakes were gone after 2 laps. Went to the floor in T1 at Palmer with x3 students in the car. I almost shit myself.

Upgrading the brakes is a must in my book.
thanks that's really helpful and I'll plan for that if I do it. But considering what I've just spent on recent upgrades I'll most likely have to wait until next year. Maybe we can plan a CTSV Owners 200mph national meetup? 😎
 

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thanks that's really helpful and I'll plan for that if I do it. But considering what I've just spent on recent upgrades I'll most likely have to wait until next year. Maybe we can plan a CTSV Owners 200mph national meetup? 😎
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When I tracked my wagon the stock brakes were gone after 2 laps. Went to the floor in T1 at Palmer with x3 students in the car. I almost shit myself.
I'm not sure it's the same "Palmer", but I flog my V2 Coupe around the Palmer Motorsports road course here in MA, and while the brakes do heat up after a few hard laps, I have yet to suffer any kind of significant fade. Just that "your brakes are cooking" smell that signals it's time to return to the pits. But I am very "conscious" of how heavy the car is. I am judicious in my application of the slow-down pedal specifically because I know I'll burn the brakes out if I'm overly aggressive.
 

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I'm not sure it's the same "Palmer", but I flog my V2 Coupe around the Palmer Motorsports road course here in MA, and while the brakes do heat up after a few hard laps, I have yet to suffer any kind of significant fade. Just that "your brakes are cooking" smell that signals it's time to return to the pits. But I am very "conscious" of how heavy the car is. I am judicious in my application of the slow-down pedal specifically because I know I'll burn the brakes out if I'm overly aggressive.
It's the same mountain course. I assume you know Chris the track manager. He and I raced together and he a great dude.
 

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I'm sure I've met him. But I'm just part of a group that gets together and rents the track for a day. Helmet required, max of 6 cars on the track at any one time, no wheel-to-wheel racing allowed, "F1 rules", and no timing of laps (but I record my laps so I can time them from the video when I get home). No other rules. I'm not the organizer, so I haven't had to interact with anyone at the track in any significant way.

When we run the track counter-clockwise, there's a big downhill run to the home stretch past the pits. If I stand on the V hard coming out of the turn leading to the downhill, I can get to around 155 before I need to let off and brake. Driving my (ex) blown 02 Z06, I could get to just a bit over 180 on the same stretch.
 
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