Cadillac Bondurant CTS
Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Corvette Chosen as Official Vehicles of Bondurant High-Performance Driving School
General Motors Corp. today announced it has signed a four-year agreement to become an official supplier of vehicles to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Ariz., and that the new Cadillac CTS luxury sports sedan and the American performance-icon Chevrolet Corvette have been chosen as official vehicles for use at the school.
"This is yet another, tangible sign that there's a renewed emphasis on the performance aspects of our vehicles at GM today," said General Motors Executive Director of Marketing Services Steve Shannon. "The Bondurant School is world-renowned for its high-performance driving curriculum, with its graduates including among others many of the top race drivers in the world, choosing the CTS and the Corvette as an official car to be used for instruction at the school speaks volumes about these cars' performance credentials."
"As we say at the school, 'Are you ready for a challenge and the experience of a lifetime?'" said Bob Bondurant, president of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Inc. "With GM agreeing to supply the Cadillac CTS and the Chevy Corvette for use in teaching total car control at our school, students at the Bondurant School can be assured that the cars they're driving will be up to each and every challenge-and that it will indeed be the experience of a lifetime."
GM will supply 28 Cadillac CTSs, 16 Corvette Coupes and four Corvette Z06s to the school to be used, starting in January, in exclusive new high-performance driving courses on the school's 1.6-mile road course. In addition to teaching valuable, life-long driving skills, the courses will provide students with the opportunity to experience the outer limits of the impressive acceleration, handling and braking characteristics of both the CTS and Corvette. The vehicles will be modified to include racing-type wheels, a roll bar, racing decals, racing seat belts, a slightly tightened suspension and dual exhaust. Other than that, they will be essentially "stock."
"The CTS was originally validated on one of the most demanding racetracks in the world - the hallowed Nürburgring in Germany. It's appropriate, therefore, that it now be put to the test daily on another famous track by the students who attend Bob Bondurant's driving school each year," said Cadillac General Manager Mark LaNeve. "From its rear-wheel-drive architecture and class-leading suspension dynamics to its world-class five-speed transmission, the CTS has proven performance credentials."
"If there was ever a 'natural' for the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, it's the Corvette - now in its 50th year and still hands-down America's favorite sports car," said Kurt Ritter, General Manager of Chevrolet. "I know the Corvettes are the cars a lot of students at the school will be just itching to drive, and for good reason. In addition to their awesome 5.7-liter V8 engines, today's Corvettes feature such innovations as hydroformed frame rails for race-car-like structural integrity, the driver-selectable Magnetic Selective Ride suspension system and titanium exhausts. Nothing says 'American high performance' quite like Corvette, and we at Chevrolet are very proud that our flagship vehicle has been chosen for use at Bondurant."
GM's partnership with the Bondurant School will allow the manufacturer to gain valuable knowledge from the use of its vehicles at the school for future performance enhancements and dynamic tuning of its production vehicles.
Source: Cadillac press