A modified Suzuki Kizashi is now in the record books for setting a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Dubbed the Bonneville Special by Suzuki, it completed an average run at 203.720 mph, surpassing the previous record of 202.301 mph in the Blown Gas Coupe (F-BGC) category.
The Bonneville Special was built by Richard Holdener and Tom Habrzyk. They equipped a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a Turbonetics turbocharger, intercooler, new intake manifold, revised headers, and forged pistons / rods. These modifications enabled the engine to achieve 500 bhp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
According to the official Press Release: 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.
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.