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Time for the official thread. After jumping back and forth on whether or not to sell her, I have finally decided that it is time. I have had an awesome time building this car with Vengeance Racing and racing it all around the country. I have had the chance to meet some awesome people and take some records here and there. I am really going to miss this car but it is time that she goes to someone who can enjoy her as much as I did. I really am sad to see this one go.

First, the transaction will be handled through Shine Auto Salon. They are great friends of mine and they are local (10 mintues from my house). I am traveling too much to handle the sale on my own and they bring the unique ability of being able to handle the sale like a dealer. That means they can take trade ins on my car. They are also an incredible detail/paint protection shop and they have already polished her up. It was sad to see her looking so awesome right before I am getting rid of her. They literally told me “you don’t want to walk back there right now”.

Shine Auto Salon
Address: 1007 Union Center Dr, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Phone: (470) 297-8301
Starting price will be $49,500 I believe.

I am not parting out a single piece of this car. EVERYTHING is going with it from the ADV.1’s…to the Welds…to the stock wheels…to both rear differentials. It is ready to rock for whoever gets to pick it up. Alright…let’s get into the car.

2009 CTS-V 6MT in Black Raven
Loaded Options with Recaros
Build done by Vengeance Racing in Cumming, GA

The body has 101k on it. I know the pricing sounds high for the milage…but the body is the only thing that has that amount of milage on it. Everything else has been upgraded/replaced. I basically made a new car for the new owner. I started adding up what I have invested in this car and stopped when I hit $60k (not including the price of the car) with more to go. She was complete stock minus the Airaid intake when I bought it. All of the work has been done and serviced by Vengeance outside of the interior stuff.

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The Numbers

  • 803whp on 93 oct w/meth
  • 1306whp on nitrous C16
  • 93/meth tune and C16 tune (for nitrous) included on handheld tuner/logger

What’s Included

  • ADV.1 Wheels with Nitto tires (90% tread left)
  • Stock polished wheels included
  • Powder coated satin black 17” Welds included (w/M&H 275’s)
  • Stock 3.73 rear diff included (1/4 mile setup)
  • 3.23 rear diff installed (1/2 mile setup)
  • Brand new rear struts
  • Freshly rebuilt Alky Control Meth Pump
  • Freshly rebuilt RPS clutch (new carbon plates and new design hub)
  • All nitrous and fueling jets included

My Personal Bests

  • 178.00mph 1/2 mile – GA wannaGOFAST 2016 Spring (top 5 fastest in the world and now capable of 184mph)
  • 10.08 @ 150.48mph – (now capable of mid 9’s at 160mph) I have only taken this to the 1/4 once on stock axles. It has a lot more in it there.

Motor Build (less than 5k miles on new motor) Done by LME

  • Stock Cube LSA Core
  • Stock LSA Crank
  • Diamond Pistons – Armor Coated and Flat Top for 10.1:1 Compression (up a point from stock) – Modified for LSA Piston Squirters
  • Callies LS Ultra H Beam Connecting Rods
  • Clevite Main and Rod Bearings
  • ARP Stud Kit
  • Custom Grind Billet Cam from VR
  • Melling Oil Pump
  • Morel Lifters
  • WCCH CNC Stage 2 Heads
  • Comp Trunion Kit
  • VR Hardened Push Rods
  • Vengeance Racing .660 lift Dual Spring Kit with Ti Retainers
  • C5R Timing Chain
  • LS7 Timing Gear
  • Ls2 Dogbone Timing Damper
  • ARP Cam Bolts

Power/Cooling

  • ECS Heat Exchanger
  • Aldo Welds CTSV Trunk Mount HX Tank with install kit 845.00 845.00T
  • Aldo Welds CTSV Dedicated Fuel Cell (under hood)
  • KPE Intake
  • Dual Nozzle Alky Single Nossil Mth Kit
  • fuelinjectorconnection.com 850cc Bosch Injectors
  • Dedicated Motorsports Fuel System
  • American Racing 2″ Longtubes with Catless X-Pipe
  • VR Plug Wire Insulators
  • Metco 10 Bolt SC Hub
  • Metco 2.55″ Upper Pulley
  • LPE 18% Overdrive Pulley
  • ATI Damper
  • 102mm Nick Williams TB
  • VR Catch Can that vents in front bumper
  • Vengeance Racing Ported Snout
  • Vengeance Racing Ported Blower
  • DMH Electronic Cutouts
  • Nitrous Outlet ZL1 Lid with 300 shot jets, single stage.
  • Vengeance Racing custom dual nitrous bottle mount
  • Standalone Fuel System
  • Lingenfelter RPM Limiter Timing Retard Launch Controller LSA & LS9 Engines
  • NOS Progressive Controller
  • Nitrous Outlet CTS-V Switch Panel
  • Misc Support Parts
  • ECU Tuning by Vengeance Racing
  • Stock 3.73 gear for 1/4 mile and auto 3.23 gear for DD and 1/2 mile

Drivetrain

  • RPS Street Slayer Triple Carbon Clutch
  • DSS Stage 5 Axles
  • Core Short Shifter

Wheels/Tires/Suspension/Brakes

  • ADV.1 ADV6.2 Track Spec SL’s in Matte Black Face w/Gloss Black Lip and Barrel
  • 17″ Weld Racing Rears Powder Coated Satin Black
  • Eibach Coupe Spring (fronts cut 5″)
  • R1 Concepts Premium Drilled and Slotted Rotors
  • Hawk HP Plus Pads
  • ZR1 Blue Powdercoated Calipers
  • 20% Ceramic tint all around

Interior

  • Pioneer AppRadio
  • Metra CTS-V Kit
  • Steering Wheel Control Module
  • Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.3
  • Alpine PDX-F4
  • Alpine PDX-V9
  • Scanspeak Discovery 10F 4″ Midrange
  • DLS Iridium 8 – 8″ midbasses
  • Vifa 1″ silk dome tweeters (in custom fiberglassed a-pillars
  • JPM Coachworks shift knob and shift boot (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • JPM Coachworks steering wheel (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • JPM Coachworks armrests (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • JPM Coachworks gauge hood (black Alcantara/blue stitching)
  • DashCommand Data Monitoring through the AppRadio
  • Dynamat installed in entire interior
  • XSPower Battery

Exterior

  • Chrome window trim vinyl covered with satin black
  • Satin black painted grey plastic pieces and front lip
  • Satin black painted rear chrome trim
  • Gloss vinyl wrapped and black Plastidip front grill
  • Tinted rear tail lights
  • Satin black painted chrome headlights
  • New 5k HID bulbs

As you guys can probably imagine…this isn’t an easy decision for me. It is time though and I hope the new owner can have as much fun with her as I did. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Example

It was a great weekend at the wannaGOFAST GA 1/2 mile event. I really look forward to this one as it is 2 hours from my house. There were a lot of friends and my family there. On Saturday, I hit a new personal best of 178.00mph. The car had 180+ in it but I couldn’t keep the wheels from spinning…even at 178mph while crossing the traps! It made for a crazy ride every single pass.

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The main reason every run was so scary was that I think the rear shocks are finally completely blown. The rear end of the car was bouncing really bad and it was making the suspension light come on every time the nitrous hit. Having the rear end weight and unweight at those speeds isn’t the safest thing to do. On one pass, a friend of mine went to record it with his phone to eventually just drop it and start running because he thought I was about to put the car in the trees. Luckily, I lifted and was able to get it straight…but by that time I was already in the wrong lane! The ride home was really rough like there isn’t even any fluid left in them. I have been wanting to upgrade the suspension for a long time now so this is the perfect opportunity to look at aftermarket options to really get the car to hook. Because of this…this write-up isn’t a pass by pass reading like the others. All of the passes were a mess and I was nervous to start every nitrous pass of the weekend.

That said…for those of you that know the GA track…it is not a record setting event at all so I am still extremely happy with 178mph especially with the traction issues I was having. 180 soon…

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By far the highlight of the weekend was being able to race with my wife for the first time in her M3. This was her first time racing ever and she enjoyed the hell out of it. I don’t know how…but she was able to pull off back to back 135mph runs in a car that is only supposed to do 131mph in the half. She was driving the hell out of the car and now she wants to go faster. I foresee an ESS blower in her future!

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We even got to line up for a pass. I needed to do a boost only log (as it turned out I fouled a plug on the previous nitrous pass). She left early on me on purpose! I was able to pass her half track on 7 cylinders. It was awesome watching her drive.

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As always…the support from Vengeance Racing at the event was outstanding for both me and my wife. I really couldn’t have this much fun with a car without those guys. This had to be the best time I have ever had at a 1/2 mile event. While my setup wasn’t working the way I wanted (the power was there and the car was running great…I just couldn’t get it to the ground), being able to enjoy this with my wife and race with her is something I will never forget. I can’t wait to do it all again with both cars faster. She is officially addicted to 1/2 mile racing.

Also a huge thanks to Danny, Ryan and the rest of the Shine Auto Salon crew for the hospitality for me and the family over the weekend. The lake house was awesome and it was great hanging out with friends over the weekend.

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Another 1/2 mile event in the books! This was one I have been looking forward to for awhile. The fall GA event is always huge and this year wannaGOFAST added an additional early summer GA event to lineup. The Georgia events are always a favorite because it is local and the venue at Heaven’s Landing in Clayton, GA is awesome. Vengeance Racing was expecting to see over 35 cars a day alone so you can imagine the atmosphere. We are racing with our closest car friends all weekend long. Leading up to the event…weather was a concern but we all loaded up and headed to the airstrip ready for some 1/2 mile racing. Since I had already attended the VA event and ran a 174+ pass, the car was dialed and ready for GA.

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We showed up Saturday morning to the strip to exactly what I was expecting. A TON of Vengeance Racing built cars all ready to make passes. This shot was taken by Gear Head Flicks from a drone showing the early part of Saturday morning. This was only a fraction of who showed up that day. It was truly awesome to see that many happy Vengeance customers all getting in passes on their cars. Mind blowing really…

For this event, Classic Cadillac in Roswell, GA was actually my sponsor (that awesome RV to the left was theirs) and they were setup right next to Vengeance. I started my usual pre race prep routine and made sure everything was good to go. The weather really cleared up for Saturday so it was looking good to race all day long. The DA was terrible as usual though. There were times throughout the day when we were almost touching the 6k foot mark but we are all racing in the same conditions/air so it was time to get at it.

Run #1 – Boost Only Shakedown – 150.4011 mph

I hate these runs. I do them because it is the right thing to do but I am not a fan of wasting a pass just making sure the car is running fine. It was completely uneventful and boring. It is amazing how slow 150mph can feel now. I pulled off the runway and back into the pits. It was time to start hosing the car down the runway.

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Run #2 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 175.2337 mph

After I rechecked everything it was time to go big. The bottle pressures looked good and I rolled up to the line. Once the light went green, I rolled into 1st easily and shifted to 2nd. I let the tires spin some and got out of 2nd as fast as I could shift to 3rd in a high enough RPM range. 3rd grabbed with a little wheel spin and the car was running like a bat out of hell. It was incredibly smooth and moving out hard. The shift to 4th went great and the car was off to the finish line. About halfway through the pull in 4th gear I knew the car was doing really well and was going to put up a big trap. I blew through the traps without issue and rolled around to the ticket handoff. When the wannaGOFAST employee was smiling as I rolled up I knew it was good. 175.2337 mph!!! A new personal best and a lock for the fastest heavyweight of the day. It was just shy of the current CTS-V record of 176 so I was ready to get to work!

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Run# 3 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 170.4545 mph

My next run came at 2pm after lunch. I was ready to hit it hard with a full shot and make an even better pass than before. Ron and I actually lined up with the Vengeance Racing C7Z06. I wanted this win bad as you can probably imagine! We lined up and I was asleep at the line. He treed me pretty good and then I proceeded to blow the tires off 1st and 2nd trying to run him down. It was a complete rookie mistake that we got a good laugh out of after the fact. I grabbed third and halfway through the run sometime started going wrong. The car was sputtering down the track horribly. What I should have done was lifted but my ego/right foot wouldn’t let off since I was racing Ron. He ran a 170 pass just like I did except I got him by a .1 mph while watching him cross the line pretty far ahead of me. We pulled the car around and took a look. One of the bottles I had brought to the event had run dry. The sputtering was the car running out of nitrous. Nothing was hurt and that is an easy fix! We filled up the bottles and got ready for the next pass.

Here is the video of pass #3. You can hear me completely ruin 1 and 2!

Run #4 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 170.3255 mph

I lined up with full bottles after the last pass ready to make a clean one. As soon as I shifted into 3rd the sputtering came back. I kept my foot in it and crossed the line at almost an identical trap as the last pass. I pulled around to the pits and Vengeance started pulling the spark plugs. When I ran out of nitrous on the last pass I fouled one of them. That essentially means I was running two 170 mph passes on 7 cylinders. I am actually lucky I didn’t hurt the motor as I should have lifted every time the car started sputtering. Now that we knew what it was, the crew at Vengeance pulled all of the plugs on site and replaced them so I could make another pass on the day. The quality of the service from the VR guys is insane.

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Pass #5 – 200 Shot of Nitrous – 172.2818 mph

After the plugs got changed out I had just enough time to make one more pass on the day. A buddy of mine, Jeff Hagaman, with his 190 mph ZR-1 wanted to line up and I was ready. The plan was to leave on the second yellow and drag his ass all the way down the runway. I already knew he was going to beat me as his car is faster…but it was going to be fun to finish across the line first. We lined up and I hit it. As soon as I got into second gear I had a pretty good amount of space on him and the car was running perfectly. I went to shift into 3rd and missed it!!! I clutched back in and got it into gear but I knew it was already too late. I could hear his ZR-1 coming for me and he freight trained me to the finish line. Despite my huge mistake, the car ran flawlessly to a 172 mph pass. It would have been a great one if I hadn’t messed up!

Sunday – In Comes the Rain

The day came to a close and I won the heavyweight class with a new personal best of 175+ ready to hit it hard again on Sunday…or so I thought. We woke up Sunday to rain and a lot of it. I needed it to hold off in the morning as we were going to have to leave around 2 or earlier. As per usual, the weatherman was wrong and it did the complete opposite. It rained all morning long and didn’t clear up long enough to make runs until the late afternoon. They did get up and running for about 3 hours but we were already long gone by then. Disappointing but still an awesome weekend.

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Vengeance Racing did an awesome job of support and I can’t believe how well they were able to manage as many cars as they had there. I really can’t say thank you enough to the guys for building me an awesome race car that I get to daily drive. I turned 89k miles on my stock short block on the 175mph pass. If that doesn’t say enough about the reliability and quality of the build on my CTS-V then I don’t know what does. 2nd fastest CTS-V in the world in the 1/2 mile (3rd highest trap speed in the 1/4 mile) and I still drove it home and to daycare on Monday. The event was great…my car ran great and everyone had an awesome time. I can’t wait to see what my car ends up doing in the fall with better air and a couple more tweaks.

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Last Friday, in my typical fashion…I got up early and rolled out with a friend of mine Mark and headed up for the wannaGOFAST VA event in Hot Springs, VA. I decided to once again travel to and from the event in my V and ended up going over 87k miles on the odometer in the process! It was a 484 mile/8 hour trip so we headed out about 5 so we would be able to enjoy some of our Friday up there. About 3 hours into the trip, Mark calls me with some bad news. He forgot his key fob. We then spent some time calling around in the cars looking for a Cadillac dealership on the way that would be able to program the car and have one in stock. Luckily, Valley Cadillac in Roanoke, VA had one in stock and they were going to help out.

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When we rolled into Valley Cadillac, I swear they had never seen a V before much less two that were modified to hell and back. We were treated like rockstars! I think everyone within a 1/4 mile came to the dealership and had to look/hear/stare at the cars. It was hilarious and Valley Cadillac was very accommodating. After having to cut the key offsite and do the 30 minute learn procedure, we had a running car and headed the addition 1.5 hours north on twisty roads to the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.

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The Omni resort was awesome. Multiple bars…spa…car wash bays in the parking lot. You name it…they had it. As we pulled up, I ran into some other racecar friends and all of the golfers were just starring at car after car pulling up front. It was obvious the crowds were very different but it seemed a lot of the golfing crowd was truly interested. We went out to dinner with the rest of the Vengeance Racing crew that night and got some sleep to get ready for the morning.

First thing, I woke up and met a couple of my GT-R buddies downstairs to go get the cars washed up…at 6:30am. We cranked up my car, an Alpha 16 and an Alpha 12 in front of the building. I am pretty sure that is not the wake up call that the golfers wanted and I think they actually got some complaints. It was definitely race car guys meet quiet golfing world. We packed up and headed the 30 minutes to the airstrip that was at the top of the mountain.

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The views up there were insane!!!! We were at 4,000 feet of elevation with nothing around us. I went to go make my first boost only run and the views to the start looked like you could see to 4 different states. It was breathtaking and a nice calm down before you rolled up to the line. It also looked like you were going to take flight off the back end if you didn’t slow down in time. While we were going to be fighting terrible air (5,000+ DA the entire event), the views more than made up for it. The venue was incredible and we were racing on a grated cement runway. It wouldn’t be a record breaking event but it was going to be an awesome time.

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Day #1 Runs

1st Pass – Boost Only – 159.147 mph

The first boost only pass went without any issues at all. I ran a 159 driving like a grandma just to get a feel for the track. People ask a lot of times what my best is on just boost and I honestly don’t have one. I use those runs to make one clean pass before I hose her down. Time to turn the nitrous on.

2nd Pass – 150 Hit – 166.5433 mph

The first hit on nitrous went pretty well. I rolled into it a little bit too soft and the nitrous ramp was not as aggressive as it needed to be. Nice progress but the car has a ton more in it.

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3rd Pass – 150 Hit – 169.1729 mph

There we go! Almost to 170mph. Car feels awesome but I really want to give it more. I really felt like that was the best pass we were going to get out of the 150 shot so I’m ready to go for the 200. I actually end up borrowing the jets from Jeff Hagaman and Jeff Heintz. They didn’t bring the V this event but they will in GA. The car is running perfect so it is time to jet up!

4th Pass – 200 Shot – 169.5554 mph

Wait?! What?! I add another 50 on the nitrous and I don’t run any faster?! That has to be my fault. The day is winding down and there was no line so I just said screw it and basically hot lapped the car (not usually a good idea with a V).

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5th Pass – 200 Shot – 173.0769 mph

I go back down the track and try something a little bit different. I essentially used wheel spin to get out of 1st and 2nd as fast as I could and into 3rd at a high RPM. I feel like this could be the one. I shifted into 4th and the car started hauling ass. I had never seen the speedo move that fast at those speeds. Across the line and I know that was fast.

I pulled around and parked the car. As I got out, Ron came up and said “how the hell do you run 169’s back to back like that?” My response…”Wait? You have to be kidding me! I was fucking milking that thing!!” He started laughing and then let me know what really happened…I just drove the car to 173 mph in the 1/2! What an awesome way to end the first day! 4 nitrous passes and one boost pass and the car was running perfectly. I took the overall heavyweight class for the day and was ready for day #2.

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Day #2 Runs

It was a calm next morning. Most of us were pretty tired and pissed we stayed up so late to watch such a lame fight. The team at Vengeance helped me prep the car and I got ready for my first run.

Run #1 – 200 shot – 173.4772 mph

Well it doesn’t get any more consistent than that! First run out and I match my 173 from the evening prior. It was going to be a good day.

Run #2 – 200 shot – 172.9439 mph

For this run I wanted to try something a little bit different…and it worked…too well! I shifted a little quicker and came a little bit harder off the launch. As I came down the runway I could tell this was going to be a glory pass and I was ready for a HUGE number. Just one problem. The run was so good that I ran out of RPM’s. The 3.23 gearing I put in the car would get the car to 176mph at 7,000 rpms and I hit the limiter before I passed the line. That obviously had a huge impact on my trap and I ended up at only 172 thanks to that quick jolt. I pulled back into the pits and told Mike and Ron what happened. They decided it was best to up my limiter to 7,500 rpms to get me across the line.

Run #3 – 200 shot – 174.5539 mph

For this run I did the exact same thing as the last and the car was screaming. I had that same feeling as before…this is the pass that is going to do it! I got into forth and watched for the line and all of the sudden…the car just felt stuck. I looked down and it was waving between 6,800 and 7,000 rpms. It wouldn’t go above 7k! What is happening?! I crossed the line and thanks to not hitting a limiter the car hit 174 for my fastest pass all weekend. I got back into the pits and we figured out exactly what happened and it was my fault. I didn’t change the nitrous cutoff to 7,200rpms from 6,800 rpms when we upped the limiter. The car didn’t have the balls to get past 7k up there because the nitrous was cutting off then back on again! That was a 176 pass easily and might have even been a 177 in 5,000+ DA! The car was moving out! I decided at this point that I was just racing myself so I called it a day. 174 is a big number as it sits and the GA 1/2 mile is in a couple of weeks.

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I swapped wheels and packed everything up taking home the heavyweight champ for both days (sponsor class but also fastest overall) and I also was the fastest 4 door on Sunday which was pretty cool. We headed down the hill and I closed the cutouts. What the hell is that noise?! We pulled over and put the car on the race ramps. Apparently…the used 3.23 rear diff I bought was pretty warn out after the weekend. It was howling and making some awful noises but it wasn’t effecting the car at all. We decided, while annoying, everything was fine and I made the 8 hour trip home with a screaming diff. I also ordered another one right away for GA.

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7 nitrous passes and 1 boost pass with traveling over 1,000 miles on a stock short block and my trusty Vengeance tune and build. I can honestly not say enough awesome things about the car and the experience I have with the team there. It is getting so much so that I am starting to sound like a cheerleader more than a customer but I think it is pretty obvious at this point that the car is performing at the top of its class and I am having a hell of a lot of fun with it. It is ready for the GA 1/2 mile and with the better air and dialed in setup…it should be insanely fast. I can’t wait.

Here are some more pictures as well. Eddie in the red C5 ended up taking fastest NA both days as well.

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