We keep track of every idea that you submit for The List. Of the hundreds we get after each episode airs, one is without question at the top of everyone's list: drive 200 miles per hour.

Despite the first production car eclipsing 200 mph back in the mid-'80s, we thankfully aren't yet jaded by the feat. Unlike back then, however, more than a handful of today's cars can beat two bills if given enough runway.

That's exactly where Jessi and Patrick found themselves on the day we asked them to do the deed: the runways of the Mojave Air & Space Port near Mojave, CA. Eagle-eyed Autoblog readers will remember that this is one of the locations used by World Class Driving to conduct their 200MPH Challenge Experience. We should know; we've gone after the elusive two hundred twice now, falling short the first time but succeeding the second at this very location (check out the gallery from that experience below).

We enrolled Jessi and Patrick for a day's worth of double-hundy attempts in vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and new Ferrari 458 Italia. Each took their own shot at 200-mph glory, and one even discovered that reaching 200 mph is the easy part.

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      bk
      • 2 Years Ago
      not nearly enough pictures of Jessi on the internet, in a bikini.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 460hp Corvette and taken her up to speed once, but I have to say that unless you have nearby objects to really get a sense of your speed, the noise insulation and smoothness of modern cars makes it quite an unexciting experience. A top run speed on my Yahama FJ though by comparison, where you're tucked in and you have so much more noise and vibration and wind pushing on you flapping even the smallest piece of material that is loose and seeing the ground right underneath you its so much more thrilling. Same thing with gokarts, went 60mph in one, and was more exciting than any triple digit experience I've had in a car, as its a whole other experience just inches off the ground in the elements.
      aache
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Jessi decided that it was better to brake as she liked rather than the professional instructor's assessment huh?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aache
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      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was surprised Jessi had only gone 123mph before. Though, I've only done 106mph in my Explorer, so she still had me beat.
      Kimball
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way too much hate. C'mon, yes she went into the dirt, but barely. I agree with Joshua, and I'm guessing people who have actually experienced speeds in the triple digits would have a little more respect here. Also, this isn't about what pros can do (asking Sabine Schmitz to drag a car to 200mph is a little like asking an opera tenor to sing a two-octave scale for you)... it's "The List" for normal people to experience. Full disclosure: I'm not in the 200mph club either, but I am a racing school graduate (much bigger car accomplishment for me).
      Joshua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of haters here. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that they've never felt the pucker factor of braking from 200 mph for the first time; that any abrupt input at that speed feels like it will upset the car with disastrous results. Yeah, guys pull over 200 mph on the drag strip but they work their way up to the high power cars. As for racing experience "on and off road": 123 mph isn't bad. What if her experience is in autocross? Does that mean she's not a racer. What if she has more experience off road than on? Does that mean she's not a racer? Put you petty jealousy aside and enjoy the ride. I'm tired of self-proclaimed experts pissing on everyone's party. Props to the instructors by the way. That's a very high trust, high stress situation. Full disclosure: While I can't rightfully say that I'm in the 200mph club, I can say that I've driven to an indicated 320 kph in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti on the autostrada!
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      You need to slam on those suckers...
      bazzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come to Germany. I'm doing 155mp/h in my 2011 530 diesel xdrive at least twice a week.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ae12wrangell
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you want FAST, go to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and if permitted, rent a rocket car, and off you go. You could go as fast as 700 MPH
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lance
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell I've done 185 in a vintage Ford GT 40.I love going at speed.
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