As we know, Cadillac has been busy testing its two upcoming super sedans, the ATS-V and CTS-V, at the punishing Nuburgring in Germany. But you might be wondering why nearly every automotive manufacturer decides to test its models at the ‘Ring, even the non-performance cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze. This video of the ATS-V catching air at the ‘Flugplatz’ (airport in English) section of the famed racetrack should provide some insight.
The Nurburgring is more than just a racetrack. It is 12.93-mile long, 156-turn automotive torture chamber. It incorporates all types of challenging turns, including high speed ‘esses’, hairpins, dual apex corners, tight chicanes and more. It also has an extremely long back straight and most importantly, some intense elevation change. One lap of the ‘Ring subjects a car to all types of use and abuse, making it most manufacturer’s track of choice when testing a new model.
‘Flugplatz’ is an especially challenging section of the track. The cars approach Flugplatz after accelerating through a steep downhill section of the track. The slight change in elevation sends the cars flying in the air, usually with all four-wheels off the ground, before taking an immediate right-hander after landing. This is the same section of track that inspired engineers of the Camaro Z/28 to invent “flying car mode”, which maintains power to the rear wheels when they leave the ground, when most other cars would cut power.
In the footage, the ATS-V appears just as happy to catch some air as the Z/28 was. It also looks extremely fast, but that much was to be expected. Check out the video below.