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ALAN COHEN'S 2009 CADILLAC CTS-V Weight: 4,000 lbs. w/driver Engine: 6.0-liter supercharged GM LS V8, 750-hp Transmission: Six-speed automatic Suspension: Front: Double wishbone, JRI coilovers Rear: Independent, multilink, JRI coilovers Tires: Front: Hoosier A7, 295-30-19 Rear: Hoosier A7, 295-30-19 Brakes: Front: Factory Brembo calipers, Raybestos pads Rear: Factory Brembo calipers, Raybestos pads Data system: AiM Solo DL Sponsors: GevPwr, Hoosier, Trick Flow, Thompson Motorsports, Circle D Specialties, Neo Syn- thetic Oil, Baker Precision Products, Raybestos, Porterfield Brake Pads, JRI Shocks, Rudtner Racing. A Cadillac CTS-V isn't exactly a rarity in NASA HPDE, but in racing it's a bit less common. The car itself is heavy, relatively speaking, and many of them came with automatic transmissions. But that didn't stop NASA Nor theast's Alan Cohen from building his CTS-V into a track monster. The stor y of Cohen and his CTS-V, a car he dubbed the "Patriot Missile," is one made possible by the NASA ladder system. Cohen star ted out in HPDE1 with his then-stock CTS-V. As Cohen rose through the HPDE system, he began making upgrades to the car. He graduated HPDE4 and went on to compete for a couple of seasons in Time Trial. "A lot of the people who buy these cars drag race them, and all they're interested in is horsepower," Cohen said. "My interest was to get through the corners faster." That's what all NASA drivers want, and by the time Cohen made it to Time Trial competition, he knew he wanted to go racing in Super Touring. However, the car wasn't ready, so he shipped it across the countr y to GevPwr in Signal Hill, Calif., to gut the car and fabricate a cage. "I was blessed to never have any accidents all those years without a cage. And I was going fast," Cohen said. "The cost of shipping it there is expensive, but think of it this way. I shipped him a car with full interior and ever ything. He gutted it, even the wiring harness, rewired the entire car and brought it back to Watkins Glen and I didn't have one problem. I think that's just incredible." Of course, getting a supercharged 4,000-pound car to be competitive means first keeping the thing cool. To cool the incoming air charge, Cohen added a GevPwr custom intercooler, which features dual pumps delivering air to a por ted supercharger. Cohen also added 63

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