This is what a good friend of mine has done with his Eagle Talon. He expects to join the 150 MPH club at the salt flats this year.
Tell me about the 150 mph club.
That used to be very fast, but nowadays lots of cars can do that, or close to it, right off the showroom floor. Heck, my 11 year old Saab (stock) is good for 140 – 145. A $600 ECU remapping will easily put it over 150.
I don’t know…maybe it’s like the mile high club…but you have to maintain your concentration. ; )
The deal with running on the salt flats is it is all regulated. So if you want to go 120 mph or 130 you can do so without certain safety equipment. To make the 150 club you have to have a roll cage and other stuff. The car is certainly capable of a lot of speed. At 425 hp my Mitsubishi Eclipse (GSX) could easily reach 145-150 if I could just find a piece of highway that wasn’t being patroled.
If you want to watch an interesting movie on the Bonneville speed week find a copy of Gullwing at Twilight by Chris Szwedo http://www.szwedo.com/
Ahh! Now it makes (some) sense.
Still, it just seems like the number should be higher to be really meaningful since so many cars are capable of those velocities. 175, maybe? That really begins to narrow the playing field and requires some effort.
Funny how “just” 25 mph more is really much harder to attain. Pushing all that air out of the way is really an issue.
Hey, I recognize that car! Its mine…FWIW: Going fast on Salt is alot more difficult than it sounds, and way more difficult than on pavement. Salt is bumpy, and traction ranges from comparable to 1/2″ of snow slush(2003) to similar to packed-dirt(2004 & 2006) depending on the moisture content of the Salt during the meet. Even in the drier years, compared with pavement at sea level, its been well-documented you’ll lose 20mph per every 100mph of speed due to the Salt having twice as much rolling resistance(drag) as pavement and the power-robbing effect of the ‘high’ altitude of 4200′ elevation at the Bonneville Salt Flats. A car that easily runs 150MPH on pavement will barely run 120mph on the Salt. A car that runs 200mph on the street would make ~160MPH on the Salt. Besides the bumpy surface, the lack of traction, the increased rolling resistance, and the high altitude, the sanctioning body also requires you to make 2 runs within 4 hours to record an official speed. Last year on a Big 16G and street tires with full exhaust & cat I ran 148.36877MPH and backed that up with a 147.28677MPH run. [That translates to ~175-180MPH on the street].
The new 4.5-27.5/16 Land Racing tires pictured above are 2.5″ larger diameter and half as wide as the 225/50-16’s I ran last year. The math says the larger diameter tires will change the gear ratio so I should be able to run into the low-160’s at the same 6400rpm I ran high-140’s on 25″ diameter street tires, given also that these new tires are half as wide which’ll reduce the rolling resistance in half. Hopefully with the AWD, having half the contact patch won’t cause it to lose traction when the boost comes on. No way to tell in advance on a dyno, so I’m looking forward to finding out how fast it’ll actually go when I return to Bonneville this Sept.
Thanks for featuring my car Jim!
where can i purchase those salt flat hubcaps?
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