Meet the Pit Crew Behind the Cadillac CT4-V & CT5-V Blackwing

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MEET THE V-SERIES BLACKWING PIT CREW

V-Series Blackwing vehicles are the pinnacle of Cadillac performance, design and technology. Both are feats of engineering and craftsmanship—from the near-perfect weight distribution and nimble dynamics of the CT4-V Blackwing to the hand-built 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine in the CT5-V Blackwing. Each is a work of art.

As any race car driver knows, the road to victory requires the right pit crew. Join Cadillac’s own racing champion Felipe Nasr as he takes you behind the scenes with the V-Series Blackwing Pit Crew, the minds behind the machines. Hear exclusive details on both ultra-high-performance sedans through the lens of a professional racer with a keen taste for luxury.

HOST

FELIPE NASR

CADILLAC RACING CHAMPION

MIRZA GREBOVIC

PERFORMANCE VARIANT MANAGER

JOSH THURBER

EXTERIOR DESIGN MANAGER

TONY ROMA

CHIEF ENGINEER

CHAD CHRISTENSEN

LEAD DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

ERIN CROSSLEY

COLOR & TRIM MANAGER

CT4-V BLACKWING

SMALLER & NIMBLER

CT5-V BLACKWING

LARGER & MORE POWERFUL

3.6L

CADILLAC EXCLUSIVE
TWIN-TURBO V6

6.2L

HAND-BUILT
SUPERCHARGED V8

6-SPEED

MANUAL
(AVAIL. 10-SPEED AUTOMATIC)

6-SPEED

MANUAL
(AVAIL. 10-SPEED AUTOMATIC)

472

668

445

LB.-FT.

659

LB.-FT.

3,889

LBS.

4,123

LBS.

3.8

SECONDS

3.7

SECONDS

> 189

MPH

> 200

MPH

Fastest, most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac ever in its class

Highest aero downforce Cadillac ever

Fastest, most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac ever in its class

 

Available Carbon Ceramic Brake System, a Cadillac first

CT5-V BLACKWING

LARGER & MORE POWERFUL

6.2L

HAND-BUILT
SUPERCHARGED V8

6-SPEED

MANUAL
(AVAIL. 10-SPEED AUTOMATIC)

668

659

LB.-FT.

4,123

LBS.

3.7

SECONDS

> 200

MPH

Fastest, most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac ever in its class

 

Available Carbon Ceramic Brake System, a Cadillac first

POWER AND
AERODYNAMICS

CT4-V BLACKWING

CT5-V BLACKWING

3.6L TWIN-TURBO V6

Most powerful Cadillac ever within its class

Engine exclusive to CT4-V Blackwing

Responsive twin, low inertia titanium-aluminide turbine wheels

6.2L SUPERCHARGED V8

Most powerful Cadillac ever

Hand-built and signed by a single engine builder

Sophisticated Active
Fuel Management technology

CT5-V BLACKWING

6.2L SUPERCHARGED V8

Most powerful Cadillac ever

Hand-built and signed by a single engine builder

Sophisticated Active
Fuel Management technology

ARTFULLY ENGINEERED IN FORM, FUNCTION AND FEELING

Yes, these are track-capable vehicles—but they’re also Cadillacs. Designing them meant establishing a signature V-Series Blackwing look authentic to Cadillac, while incorporating aerodynamic components wherever possible to enhance speed and airflow. In true Pit Crew collaboration, designers and engineers mastered the art of functional beauty.

From the front splitter to the spoiler, every exterior design element serves a purpose. The available carbon fiber packages in particular improve handling and control by delivering a significant reduction in lift. In fact, these packages help make CT4-V Blackwing the highest downforce Cadillac ever—and both V-Series Blackwing vehicles the fastest Cadillacs ever, in their respective class.

Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic will tell you it’s about more than metrics. “We infuse the vehicles with a soul. We put feeling in it,” he says. A prime example is Exhaust Character—the sound profiles for each Drive Mode that emphasize performance tuning. For example, Tour Mode is more subtle and refined while Track Mode delivers adrenaline through a substantial and visceral audible experience.

Enthusiasts can thank themselves for the engineering of Exhaust Character. As Chief Engineer Tony Roma explains, “We’ve gotten feedback in the past that maybe we didn’t go far enough with the sound character. I don’t think anyone’s going to be giving us that criticism now.”

CONTROL

CONTROL WITHOUT COMPROMISE

Standard manual transmissions, selectable Drive Modes and a reconfigurable cluster display are a few ways V-Series Blackwing vehicles create a personal connection between car and driver. But this Pit Crew has integrated performance features that ensure your time on the road and the track is spent in total control. It all starts with a rigid vehicle structure, which offers performance enthusiasts the precision they crave.

In addition, the latest generation Magnetic Ride Control reads the road 1,000 times per second, adjusting almost instantly to isolate you from road imperfections for a more luxurious ride. It’s why V-Series Blackwings set a new benchmark in both luxury and performance categories. You don’t have to choose between ride or handling—you get both.

Standard manual transmissions, selectable Drive Modes and a reconfigurable cluster display are a few ways V-Series Blackwing vehicles create a personal connection between car and driver. But this Pit Crew has integrated performance features that ensure your time on the road and the track is spent in total control. It all starts with a rigid vehicle structure, which offers performance enthusiasts the precision they crave. In addition, the latest generation Magnetic Ride Control reads the road 1,000 times per second, adjusting almost instantly to isolate you from road imperfections for a more luxurious ride. It’s why V-Series Blackwings set a new benchmark in both luxury and performance categories. You don’t have to choose between ride or handling—you get both.

Lead Development Engineer Chad Christensen considers Custom Launch Control with Line Lock “arguably the coolest new feature.” Ready to hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds on the track? Select your launch surface, RPM and slip target for an unbeatable combination of power and traction.

“Integrated Line Lock will allow you to lock the front tires, click a couple buttons and free up the rear tires to spin freely for up to 15 seconds. The main purpose is to get ready for a drag strip launch. It also creates a lot of fun tire ‘smoke,’” he laughs.

 

Lead Development Engineer Chad Christensen considers Custom Launch Control with Line Lock “arguably the coolest new feature.” Ready to hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds on the track? Select your launch surface, RPM and slip target for an unbeatable combination of power and traction. “Integrated Line Lock will allow you to lock the front tires, click a couple buttons and free up the rear tires to spin freely for up to 15 seconds. The main purpose is to get ready for a drag strip launch. It also creates a lot of fun tire ‘smoke,’” he laughs.

 

TRACK CAPABILITY

A LEGACY OF RACING—WITH YOU LAP AFTER LAP

Over 3,000 simulated laps on a dynamometer and full-motion test stand. A 24-hour track test on the challenging Milford course in the heat of Michigan summer. Decades of Cadillac Racing credibility. All are a testament to the capability and durability of the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. The Pit Crew has obsessively engineered each vehicle to dominate on the track or radically inspire your daily drive. All you have to do is climb behind the wheel.

One powerful piece of racing technology transfer is Performance Traction Management (PTM), which combines StabiliTrak®, Magnetic Ride Control and the electronic limited-slip differential systems to help you tune and optimize your traction. This technology was inspired by conversations with professional drivers and time spent studying DPi Cadillacs. Choose from Wet, Dry, Sport, Race 1 and Race 2 modes to get familiar with the car or a new track at your own pace.

Over 3,000 simulated laps on a dynamometer and full-motion test stand. A 24-hour track test on the challenging Milford course in the heat of Michigan summer. Decades of Cadillac Racing credibility. All are a testament to the capability and durability of the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. The Pit Crew has obsessively engineered each vehicle to dominate on the track or radically inspire your daily drive. All you have to do is climb behind the wheel.
    
One powerful piece of racing technology transfer is Performance Traction Management (PTM), which combines StabiliTrak®, Magnetic Ride Control and the electronic limited-slip differential systems to help you tune and optimize your traction. This General Motors-exclusive technology was inspired by conversations with professional drivers and time spent studying DPi Cadillacs. Choose from Wet, Dry, Sport, Race 1 and Race 2 modes to get familiar with the car or a new track at your own pace.

What meets the road is a winning combination of forged aluminum wheels, custom-built summer-only, low-profile Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires and standard Brembo® performance brakes—tuned for the track yet quiet enough for the road.

The V-Series Blackwing vehicles include performance airflow designed to send significant amounts of air to the front and rear brakes to help keep them cool.

CT5-V Blackwing also offers an available Carbon Ceramic Brake system, a Cadillac-first that is both visually appealing and high-performing.

Most importantly, the Pit Crew ensured that the V-Series Blackwings’ performance is approachable by drivers of any level. “We’re using race car technology and trying to make it road legal, quiet and luxurious,” Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic explains. Your inner race car driver just got more confident.

What meets the road is a winning combination of forged aluminum wheels, custom-built summer-only, low-profile Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires and standard Brembo® performance brakes—tuned for the track yet quiet enough for the road.

The V-Series Blackwing vehicles include performance airflow designed to send significant amounts of air to the front and rear brakes to help keep them cool.

CT5-V Blackwing also offers an available Carbon Ceramic Brake system, a Cadillac-first that is both visually appealing and high-performing.

Most importantly, the Pit Crew ensured that the V-Series Blackwings’ performance is approachable by drivers of any level. “We’re using race car technology and trying to make it road legal, quiet and luxurious,” Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic explains. Your inner race car driver just got more confident.

ELEVATED LUXURY

DETAIL-OBSESSED FROM SEATS TO SOUND

These aren’t your typical luxury sedans, because the level of luxury within the V-Series Blackwing vehicles mirrors the level of performance. Color and Trim Manager Erin Crossley believes “the beautiful thing about this car is that there are no compromises.” Every material and design detail was chosen through that lens—and the seats are a perfect example. Erin describes the buttery soft leather seating surfaces trimmed with precise stitching, piping and quilting patterns as “a work of art.”

But special attention is paid to where the materials are placed, too. Adjustable headrests and bottom and side cushion bolsters, plus a combination of leather and performance textiles, keep the driver in position during a fast drive. Seat design also anticipates how the driver climbs in or out of the vehicle so that, over time, materials maintain their appearance and form.

The Pit Crew left no stone unturned when refining sound. Both CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing boast premium sound systems from audio industry titan AKG®, who worked closely with the Pit Crew to optimize cabin acoustics. Unwanted sounds are minimized while desirable sounds are enhanced—and it’s all adaptive based on whether your window is up or down.

“Believe it or not,” Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic adds, “some of the sound tuning is performed in full racing suits, in track modes, with the helmet on too—since that changes sound significantly.” Yes, they truly thought of everything.

UP NEXT

ON YOUR MARK…

There is more to come. Stay tuned for the following V-Series Blackwing Pit Crew segments over the next few months:

POWER AND AERODYNAMICS

CONTROL

TRACK CAPABILITY

ELEVATED LUXURY

PACKAGES

V-SERIES BLACKWING

The pinnacle of Cadillac performance and luxury.

  • When equipped with available Carbon Fiber 1 package.

  • Cadillac-estimated. When equipped with an available automatic transmission. Based on initial vehicle movement (IVM).

  • Requires summer-only, run-flat tires and Blue calipers or Red calipers. Vehicles equipped with these linings will experience faster accumulation of brake dust on wheel surfaces and may produce more noise than with standard linings. Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle’s performance characteristics.

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  • The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Cadillac vehicles’ destination freight charges.

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple® and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone® and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple, Inc. Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple, Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adapter/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn or consult your carrier.

  • Always pay attention while driving and when using Super Cruise. Do not use a handheld device. Visit cadillac.com/supercruise for compatible roads and full details.

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  • Read the vehicle's owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Lower-profile tires wear faster. Wheel and tire damage may occur on rough or damaged roads or from surfaces or from curbs, debris or obstacles. This damage is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. For more important tire and wheel information, go to https://my.cadillac.com/learnabout/tires or see your dealer.