The Cadillac CTS-V Challenge will be held tomorrow at the Monticello Motor Club in New York and Jaguar has backed out of sending its Jaguar XFR to the race. One of the 5 winners (out 120 applicants) to race Bob Lutz tomorrow at Monticello was Wes Siler of Jalopnik.com in an XFR provided by Jaguar.
However, Jaguar backed out the event because they felt the XFR wouldn’t be able to handle the enduring race. Apparently, Jaguar said that the XFR lacks better brake cooling and probably couldn’t lap the Monticello without endangering the driver.
Either way, Bob Lutz has a response to all this. Speaking to The GM Source Lutz said:
I think it means that the European high-performance sedans are excellent, even superb cars, but quite possibly not ready for racing laps right out of the show-room. The CTS-V is not only quicker, but will, in totally untweaked, stock form, run hot laps at any race track until it runs out of fuel. Transmission oil and diff oil temps are stable, engine oil temp doesn’t go up, brakes get a bit more pedal travel, but don’t fade. The street tires get a tad greasy, but handling and control remain excellent. “May the best car win”! (It wins automatically if the competitors won’t show up!)
2009 Cadillac CTS-V
– By: Kap Shah
Source: The GM Source