The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, the most track-capable Cadillac models ever, began their path to production at General Motors’ testing and technical centers in Milford and Warren, Michigan, respectively. Designers paid homage to those crucial sites with laser-etched maps of each located on the paddle shifter covers on manual-transmission models.
The maps are among a myriad of hidden elements to be found on the luxury sports sedans.
The Milford Proving Ground map represents the thorough engineering development that led to two of the fastest and most powerful Cadillacs ever. The GM Technical Center map represents the on-campus Design team’s focal point on craftsmanship and functional elegance.
“The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are the quintessential examples of form and function coming together,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “This was made possible by Engineering and Design working together from the very beginning to get the most out of these cars. The paddle shifter covers symbolize that union, with the customer at the center of it all.”
The customer representation comes on the steering wheel with each customer receiving a unique serialized V-Series plaque that identifies their specific vehicle.
Indeed, those map details are only two of the more than two dozen subtle, discreet and outright hidden visual references to the V-Series brand and Cadillac’s racing heritage.
For more of a look into the hidden Easter eggs in our new Blackwings, find the original story here.