Land speed record

Updated

Suzuki has rewritten the record books with a modified Kizashi setting a new land speed record at Bonneville.

Road & Track journalist Sam Mitani injected the Kizashi into the record books (and himself in the 200 mph club) with his 203.720 mph (327.85 km/h) run at the 2010 Bonneville Speed Week.

In Suzuki’s first official attempt at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats the turbocharged Kizashi exceeded the previous record of 202.301 mph (325.56 km/h).

With temperatures topping 39 degrees Celsius, the Kizashi was running at a density altitude on the flats of 1920 metres.

The record was achieved by calculating the average of a two-way pass at 8:40 am on August 18.

The one-off Kizashi features a Turbonetics turbocharger increasing power from the standard 131 kilowatts to 383 and torque from 230 Newton-metres to an astonishing 698.

With up to 16 pounds of boost, the Kizashi’s increased horsepower required air-to-water intercooling (and snow water/methanol injection) – while its increased output resulted in a new clutch and pressure plate.

A scattershield was added, the oil pan welded for a new drain fitting and a new 3.5-inch exhaust was fabricated for fitment of the turbocharger.

The Kizashi platform – and its Nurburgring heritage – was morphed into a salt-specific recipe with new coilovers, steel wheels seam welded, and speed-specific 15x7-inch rubber.

An air dam kept the Kizashi’s nose planted, while window straps and hood pins ensured the hood and glass stayed in place, while a parachute helped bring the high speed show to a controlled and shortened stop.

To learn more about the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special’s record-setting run, race fans can visit www.suzukiauto.com/allpoints/events/bonneville.

In addition, Road & Track’s complete coverage of the 2010 Bonneville Speed Week, including an online video series chronicling the build of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special can be accessed at here.

Technical Specifications 

Engine:                                                2.4 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine

Turbo Boost:                                       16 psi (Turbonetics)

Horsepower:                                       383 kW @ 7,700 rpm

Torque:                                                698 Nm @ 5,500 rpm

Transmission:                                     6-speed manual

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