A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
The story is fascinating, and nearly has my mind off my roiling guts. During Lutz's tenure, the GM proving ground underwent development, and the section of the track known as the ‘Lutzring' was created, simply to give GM a circuit that emulated the off-camber turns of the Nürburgring. Tired of having American cars labelled as straight-line fast, but incapable of dynamic cornering, it was Lutz who decided to try to answer the critics. He ended up muting them with the brutal Cadillac CTS-V.
"But does the 'Ring have much resonance in the US?" I ask, feeling not a little clammy.
"Oh yes," exclaims Bob, and I can hear his grin. "With the guys that know, the guys who buy performance cars like the CTS-V, it is the benchmark."