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As a part of Suzuki‘s ongoing push to drum up interest in the surprisingly good Kizashi sedan, the Japanese automaker teamed up with Road & Track to build a Bonneville Salt Flats racer. Thanks to engine builder Richard Holdener and the fearless driving skills of R&T editor Sam Mitani, Suzuki got the record it was looking for with a 203.720 mph run, clinching the new Land Speed Record for the Blown Gas Coupe Category
For video of the run and more info about the turbocharged Kizashi land speed record car, hit the jump:
Road & Track magazine is helping prep a Suzuki Kizashi to attack two land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In conjunction with master race car builder Richard Holdener, the team from R&T will attack the naturally aspirated Gas Coupe class, as well as the turbocharged Blown Gas Coupe category.
The naturally aspirated record is a meager 103 mph, a velocity that virtually any production car could easily surpass, and this record should be a wash for the Suzuki. The Blown Gas Coupe category on the other hand, has a loftier goal of 203 mph, and the Kizashi is going to need some serious changes to hit the mark. A roll cage, aluminum racing seat and some fancy engine components are seen in the video, while Holdener talks about a parachute system to slow the car down. R&T plans on periodically released a short video clip, so you’ll just have to periodically check back for more coverage.
[Source: Road & Track]
A Ferrari 400 Superamerica set a new auction price record this past weekend, selling for an astonishing $3.5 million at the RM Auctions in Monaco.
Vintage Ferraris are always considered a solid investment, but this particular example, one of 400 short-wheelbase cabriolets in the entire world, has a Bonneville Salt Flat run under its belt, with the car hitting 145 mph on the famed straight line run. The car was fully restored in 2005, and went on to enter into the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. Paying $3.5 million for any car is a little outrageous, but you can be sure that the new owner is ecstatic with his new purchase, and that’s all that matters in the end.
GALLERY: Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet
Bonneville Salt Flats tested to 225 mph
With modifications that the company describes as minimal (which actually included a fully stripped out interior, the addition of a roll cage, a front splitter and a massive rear spoiler) the XFR hit an astonishing top speed of 225.675 mph.
It isn’t quite enpugh to solidify the Jag as the fastest sedan in the world (that record belongs to the G-Power twin-supercharged M5 with a top speed on 228mph) but it’s close.
Official release after the jump: