• Aug 18, 2010
2010 Suzuki Kizashi takes Bonneville – Click above to watch video after the jump

The crew from Suzuki and Road & Track officially hold the new Land Speed Record for the Blown Gas Coupe Category. The team wheeled out their modified 2010 Suzuki Kizashi to the Bonneville Salt Flats and managed to average an impressive 203.720 mph across two high-speed runs, besting the previous record by a little less than a second and a half. R&T commissioned legendary engine builder Richard Holdener to rework the engine in the Kizashi before it hit the salt, and as a result, the car wore forged internals and a beefier turbo that shoved a full 16 pounds of boost into the four-cylinder as the Sam Mitani-helmed Suzuki headed down the dry lake bed.

Now that the Kizashi has one record under its belt, Road & Track is planning to try for a second, naturally-aspirated record by unbolting the turbo and going hog wild. Now all we have to wonder is how much it's going to take to convince Suzuki to offer those slick seam-welded steel wheels as an option on the Kizashi Sport. Hit the jump to take a look at a video of the car during its record-setting run, as well as a press release detailing the occasion.



Photos by Zach Bowman / Copyright ©2010 AOL
[Source: Suzuki]



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· Suzuki sport sedan and Road & Track's Sam Mitani rewrite record books in Blown Gas Coupe (F-BGC) category.

WENDOVER, Utah (Aug. 18, 2010) – Piloting American Suzuki Motor Corporation's (ASMC) modified 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special, Road & Track's Sam Mitani injected the Kizashi into the record books (and himself in the 200 mph club) with his 203.720 mph run at this year's Bonneville Speed Week, exceeding the previous record of 202.301 mph. Despite a multitude of records – and record attempts – achieved by Suzuki motorcycle riders, this was the first official crack at the Bonneville Salt Flats by American Suzuki's automotive arm.

Conditions for the Kizashi's record-setting Bonneville run were exactly as the build team, Advanced Product Engineering's Richard Holdener, Tom Habrzyk and Scott Bailey, expected. With temperatures topping 100 degrees, the Kizashi was running at a density altitude on the flats of 6,303 feet. After passing inspection, the 2010 Kizashi provided Mitani, Road & Track's international editor, a perfect platform for qualifying with the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), the sanctioning club for all Bonneville records. The 203.720 mph record was achieved by calculating the average of a two-way pass at 8:40 a.m. MT on August 18, 2010.

2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special
Beginning with interior safety and instrument modifications, the Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special underwent additional refinements to make it salt-ready. Once the work was completed, the team installed the SCTA-approved roll cage, an aluminum bulkhead in the rear, racing seat, seat harnesses and window net. Next, it was time to take a look under the hood. The motor was disassembled to confirm the stock measurements, while the cylinder head was flowed and ported. The Kizashi Bonneville racer benefits from a new intake manifold, a tuned 'long tube' header and forged rods and pistons for high rpm endurance.

With up to 16 pounds of boost from a Turbonetics turbocharger, the Kizashi's increased horsepower required air-to-water intercooling (and snow water/methanol injection) – while its increased output demands a new ACT clutch and pressure plate. A scattershield is added, the oil pan is welded for a new drain fitting and a new 3.5-inch exhaust is fabricated aft of the turbocharger. Additional protection for the high-boost, high-rpm turbo motor is provided by full synthetic 5W-20 racing oil from Lucas Oil.

The Kizashi platform – and its Nurburgring heritage – is morphed into a salt-specific recipe with new coilovers, steel wheels seam welded, and speed-specific 15x7-inch Goodyear Front Runner® rubber. An air dam keeps the Kizashi's nose planted, window straps and hood pins ensure the hood and glass stay in place, and a parachute can bring the high speed show to a controlled and shortened stop. Finally, a dual fire system provides the extra assurance so important for Mitani, with more than 500 boosted horses but only a few feet in front of his high-speed capsule.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      For everyone wondering how a speed record is bested by 1.5 seconds needs to remember that speed isn't measured, it's calculated. I think vehicles over 200 mph run the 7 mile course, which I believe is 2 miles to speed up, 3 timed miles and 2 miles to slow back down. So 3 miles/whatever time = speed of the run.

      I also agree that this isn't a coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ooops... I should say "calculates" speed. Freudian slip.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, the flying mile(s) is just the standardized way the SCTA measures speed. Instantaneous speed may be higher or lower at any given point. Rules are rules.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring back a Swift GT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's up with Richard Holdener's capri jeans at 0:34? Or are those circa 1990 jams?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get the point of this. The car in question has nothing to do with the one you buy, so what's the point?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's just cool. Thanks, Mitani San!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "besting the previous record by a little less than a second and a half"

      One and a half mph, perhaps? Pretty certain time has nothing to do with top speed runs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, next Suzuki will be telling us about an SX4 that made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think its the average speed over the length of a mile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      never thought I would see a Suzuki go as fast as a Ferrari F40. Gotta love progress.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't one have to beat the previous record by over 1% to be official? it would have to do over 204 to break the previous record.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Building an engine for Bonneville is no easy task. Many a billet block/crank/rods have been scattered on the salt there because the constant revs are hell on engines. Boat racing engine builders are in the same situation, and usually make great Bonneville engine builders. For only 16psi that is great power and durability from an "off brand" manufacturer. Hope they back it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It can't be any worse than say a LeMans engine which spends 80% of it's 24 hours at WOT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Junkyard engines in Bonneville cars? I take it you have little to no knowledge what so ever about Bonneville cars. These are cars running $100k engines that come apart, not some junkyard scrap heap. Engine harmonics are more damaging to an engine that races at constant speed like a boat or speed record car than power is. I honestly feel like I'm responding to a 12yr old kid that has never been in anything faster than a mid '90s Civic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh. . . excuse me? The car now holds the record for the "...blown gas COUPE catagory"? Well, don't look now but the car is NOT a coupe. It's a four-door, so the record is invalid(!).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congrats Suzuki and R&T!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone please explain how a 4 door sedan can win the "Blown Gas COUPE" category.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Technically a "coupe" is any car with less than 33 cu/ft of rear interior room, regardless of the number of doors or seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with you...

        I DO like the looks of that Suzuki... Best looking vehicle to date from the big S but will it be enough?

        • 4 Years Ago
        So you/they are emphasizing the fact that this car has very little room in back if it can classified as a "coupe" ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Coupe
        Function: noun
        Etymology: French coupé, from past participle of couper to cut, strike
        Date: 1825

        1 : a four-wheeled closed horse-drawn carriage for two persons inside with an outside seat for the driver in front
        2 usually coupe : a 2-door automobile often seating only two persons; also : one with a tight-spaced rear seat
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        So basically you just have to have a near-useless rear seat, or two doors?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since when has the number of doors mattered with what a car is called nowadays? CLS, CC, etc. I think the only cars that could really argue about it is the RX-8 and those Saturn coupes with the 3rd "door". At any rate, as Machdelta mentioned, I believe it's about interior space. Either way, there's so many different catagories for land speed records that it practically guarantees records are broken every year. Kudos to R&T though, that'll be amazing if they grab the NA record simply by taking off the turbos and keeping the rest of the hardware more or less the same.
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