• Apr 12, 2011
Getting out of a 144-mph speeding ticket is undoubtedly a very tough business. Unless you have some very compelling evidence that the radar gun failed or the authorities were out to get you, your chances are likely rather grim.

Getting out of a 144-mph speeding ticket by claiming your car can't go that fast, while simultaneously advertising said car for sale as a 420-horsepower turbocharged barnstormer, however, is a great way to guarantee you will lose. According to the Niagara Falls Review, a man from Canada has done just that.

Police say the 23-year-old was clocked at 144 mph on a public street on what they describe as bald tires. Judging by his speed and reported $25k worth of upgrades, we'd guess we were dealing with a Dodge Neon SRT-4, likely on racing-compound tires.

The alleged perp is trying to avoid the hefty $3,651 speeding ticket by claiming that his Dodge Neon is a crap can econobox incapable of such velocity. Problem is, he has the car for sale, advertising its $25,000 in upgrades, including a "Stage 3" turbocharged engine. The car also sports a fully-customized suspension and upgraded brakes. As many a weekend racer and enthusiast knows, the SRT-4 is one of the all-time great bargain-basement performers on the track and off, and we wouldn't doubt its potential to nudge well beyond 144 mph. Asking price for this dangerous Dodge? Try $9,900. Hat tip to David!

[Source: Niagara Falls Review]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The SRT-4 was one sweet ride, and so was the ACR. If the standard Neons weren't so lacking (A three-speed automatic? Get real.), maybe they'd still be building them.
        Steven J.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, seems like only the real racer crowd knows how outstanding the Neon is as a performance platform. How many podiums the Neon has taken in road racing, autocross, pro rally, and rally cross in the SCCA and other auto racing organizations. Many of the VERY best drivers in the SCCA in the 1990s drove the ACR Neons. Chrysler had great contingency and technical support programs that made the Neon competition efforts a great success. Today, the first-gen ACR Neons are sought after for pro rally and rally cross. I had a '96 ACR coupe I bought new. Perhaps my best all-round automotive ownership experience. Precision ninja surgical strike machine for road and track. Outstanding handling, grip, and braking. The DOHC engine was superbly dynamic, and performance via the engine was as you'd expect for a 150hp 2400lb car. 0-60 was just under 7 seconds, 1/4 miles were just under 14 seconds. Responsive, if not especially quick. But the chassis performance is excellent. A competently reponsive engine coupled with an utterly outstanding chassis (of course properly set up and driven) meant lap times, which is where it really counted, were excellent. Last year I drove my brother's Lotus Europa race car. Doing some low-speed autox events for testing, I ran into a lot of SCCA hotshoes, some national champion road racers and autoxers, who called the ACR Neon the best handling front wheel drive car ever. I have to agree. The car was also reliable, durable, easy-to-service, parts were inexpensive. And it was stealthy. No one, as is shown by so many responses here, saw this as a high performance car. My current stable of cars is an '85 TVR 280i, a '76 TVR 2500M, and a '67 Lotus Elan. After the loss of my beloved '96 ACR, I bought a 2003 R/T for my daily driver. The R/T is a good driver as stock, but not nearly as good as the ACR. But, I'm sure with the same level of tuning as the ACR, the R/T could be quite satisfying, if never up the same performance as the ACR. The 300-400 lbs of additional weight of the R/T ensures that. With so few ACRs built, and so many used up in competition programs so few are left, so there was no way I was going to easily find a good original first-gen, or even a second-gen, ACR, so I got the R/T. Prepping a regular Neon to ACR spec is pretty straightforward, but in practice getting ll the right bits together would be a little tough. The Neon is still a standout platform for building a very high-performance front wheel drive car, particularly the first-gen car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had a standard neon with a 5spd. 1997. I street raced it all the time, and kicked PLENTY of import butt with it. The SRT4 and ACR were both great, but both had 5spds as well. Not sure why you're ragging on standard neons when even standard ones were pretty quick with the good transmission.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, I know what he meant, but my point was the "standard" neons were pretty good cars - AS LONG AS THEY WERE NOT AUTOMATIC.

        First gen neons had 130-150hp, and weight 2400-2700lbs. Not too many cars that light today, with about the same power. This meant 1/4 mile times were mid 15s and they still could get over 40mpg if driven gentlly.

        He's ripping on the transmission, not the car. Standard neons were pretty potent little cars. I've ruined civics, integras, 3000gts, all sorts of stuff with just a bone stock 5 spd neon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Caliber is not a good successor to the Neon.Chrysler needs to make a new Neon perhaps using a Fiat platform.
      • 3 Years Ago
      To cover his legal costs, he is now selling through eBay the following: "How to be a Complete Idiot for Idiots", a Dr. Seuss book, and "Beating Speeding Tickets: Lindsay Lohan Edition"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was stationed at Minot AFB for a while, and these, Rexes, and DSM's are all the rage up there. I knew about them before my stint up there, but never had I seen such a following for them. There were some stupid fast SRT-4's and Mitsu's up there. I watched a Neon take a first-gen Viper GTS by a pretty healthy margin from a 50 roll. And I had a freind w/ a 540awhp Eagle Talon. It ran 6.20's in the 1/8th w/ DR's on a sh1tty-prepped track. He was known to put a beating on noobs w/ 600cc's.

      Definitely some cars to reckoned w/ with proper tuning.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The alleged perp is a herp derp
      • 3 Years Ago
      sigh... for the amount of money he spent on upgrades, he could have afforded a better used sports car and still have a few grand to spend on upgrades.......
        • 3 Years Ago
        Get an 04 or 05 and it will drive both wheels. I don't think a LeBaron would be a good car base a comparison with, my SRT the torque is minimal, unless you drive with a couple fingers on the wheel or with one hand just sitting on it then yeah it will rip out of your "hands." But the people that have 400 horsepower FWD cars are usually taking them down the dragstrip, which in my opinion I would run RWD for a dragstrip.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Like most people that mod their cars (especially the young ones), I imagine his numbers are grossly exaggerated.

        That said, I have about 15K into mine, and yes, I could've purchased something more sporty, but there's nothing better than absolutely destroying a Mustang or Corvette on the highway in a Neon. The Mustang guys get especially peeved ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Boxer, read the last page. You're wrong about torque steer. As to FWD being crap, please read my article here:

        http://www.carlustblog.com/2008/08/car-lust--1988.html

        "in 1988, and the Prelude flew through the 700-foot slalom at 65.5 mph--faster than any other production car available. Even today, that time is still very respectable, faster than the Mazda RX8, the Acura NSX, the Lotus Esprit, the C5 Corvette, and even the Dodge Viper GTS. The scariest thing is this was all achieved on the stock 195/60/R14 Michelins."

        FWD can be an absolute blast, and I promise you it will destroy your SVX in most cases. And I love SVXs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        His ad says a big wheel Stage 3 pushing 30lbs of boost. If tuned right he would be in the low 400s for horsepower and at that level the SRT is hard to beat when compared to a used sports car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those speeds are absolutely attainable in a SRT-4, especially one with a Stage 2 or 3 Mopar kit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't even a real srt4, he just tuned a regular neon. Seeing how smart the guy is i'm pretty sure it was well done...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could only be more amusing if he was asking the same amount for the car that he owed for the speeding ticket...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or if he posted a Youtube video of the speedo as he hit 144 and got pulled over by the cops. If he has to pay the ticket, might as well make the car famous to get a higher price for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Every SRT4 I've ever seen was driven by some idiot teenager with plenty of Daddy's money and no brains.

      Apparently it happens in Canada too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2002 Chrysler Neon LX that I took up to 115mph, so 144 mph in an srt4 seems totally possible with the mopar stage 3 kit. I wish Chrysler would make it again, mine has 200,000 with no problems. SRT4 is a total champ!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hit 120mph in my 1985 celica GT and 130mph in a pos early 90's accord
        • 3 Years Ago
        Pretty sure the stock car was limited to 153mph, so I'm not sure why you guys are bothering to say what is "possible". 144
        • 3 Years Ago
        Comon! you don't was a caliber! why not!?

        ok im done trollin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This WASN'T in Florida?!?
        • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ TheComebackKid

        It was a joke.

        I know that it happened in Canada, I was just commenting that crap this stupid is usually a FL exclusive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hate to think what would've happened to him had he gotten that ticket in Ontario...they'd probably kill him and his car at the same time. Put them both in the crusher. I mean he's evil on a level equal to Charles Manson...evil I tell you. Pure evil.

        hmmm.........wonder if I can pony up $9g...make a trip to QU...pick up a new(er) car...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Was in Quebec in a city close to Montreal, don't remember which though.
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