We love seeing powerful LSx powered cars put to good use, and top speed events are a great way to do just that. In this awesome video we found on YouTube, we get to ride along with Mark Marquardt in his 2009 CTS-V as he competes in the Houston Half Mile Shootout at the Ellington Airport, in Houston, Texas.
The event is similar to the other standing mile competitions you might already be familiar with. The competitors are divided into three different classes: D1 is cars up to 165 MPH, D2 is cars over 165, and class M is for all motorcycles. The rules are simple; you have exactly half a mile of runway to see how high you can push the speedometer, and the winner is whoever posts the best MPH in each class.
Checking out the official results from the event we found that Marquardt actually came in somewhere around the middle of the pack with his official speed of 148.6 MPH. There were a total of four LSA powered CTS-V’s that ran at the event, and of them Marquart came in second behind Mark Blackburn’s run of 151.8 in his 2011 Cadi.
The very best run of all the competitors (including several souped-up street bikes) came from Sean Kennedy in his 2006 Ford GT with a blast of 212.9 MPH. That is extremely impressive, especially considering that this is just a half mile, and not a full standing mile. Check out the official results from the event here.