Road & Track journalist Sam Mitani drove the Suzuki Kizashi into the record books with his 203.720mph (327.85kph) run at the 2010 Bonneville Speed Week.
In Suzuki’s first official attempt at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats the turbocharged Kizashi exceeded the previous record of 202.301mph (325.56kph).
The Kizashi broke the record in temperatures topping 39ºC and density altitude on the flats of 1920m.
The record was achieved by calculating the average of a two-way pass.
The one-off Kizashi features a Turbonetics turbocharger increasing power from the standard 131kW to 383, and torque from 230Nm to 698.
With up to 16 pounds of boost, the Kizashi’s increased horsepower required air-to-water intercooling (and snow water/methanol injection) – while its increased output resulted in a new clutch and pressure plate.
A scattershield was added, the oil pan welded for a new drain fitting, and a new 3.5-inch exhaust was fabricated for fitment aft of the turbocharger.
The Kizashi platform was morphed into a salt-specific recipe with new coilovers, steel wheels seam welded, and speed-specific 15x7-inch rubber.
An air dam kept the Kizashi’s nose planted, while window straps and hood pins ensured the hood and glass stayed in place. A parachute helped bring the high speed show to a controlled stop.