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Project 240SX Land Speed Racer: Bonneville Speed Week Results

MotoIQ Staff Report


Against all odds, the team behind MotoIQ’s Project Land Speed Racer managed to execute a Hail Mary play to make it to this year’s Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  On the fifth day of Speed Week, Project 240LSR piloted by Moto IQ editor Chuck Johnson, made its fastest pass reaching a top speed of 186.493 MPH.


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Although this run fell short of the current 200+ MPH BGC-G (Blown, Gas, Coupe, 1.6 to 2.0L) record, it could perhaps make Project 240LSR the world’s fastest documented SR powered S-chassis.  After the 180+ MPH pass Chuck stated, "This is more than I expected considering that the first time we had ever heard this car idle let alone drive it was only two days ago."


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John Kuchta III of Specialty Cars fabbed up this awesome aluminum dash as well as many other components on Project 240LSR using an english wheel.

We would like to thank all of the companies and individuals listed below that stepped up to support Project 240LSR’s  development, with a special thanks going out to John Kuchta III of Specialty Cars for his meticulous fabrication work and Stephen Quinn of Internal Affairs Race Prep for his flawless wiring job. 

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A complete re-wire of the Project 240LSR was executed throughout a course of many sleep deprived weeks by Stephen Quinn.

In addition, we would like to thank the rest of the Project 240LSR team members who strained marriages and stalled prospering careers in trade of sleepless nights and energy drink addictions all "because racecar."


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Team Moto IQ Project 240LSR members (From left to right): Christa Kojima, Mike Kojima, Annie Sam, Chuck Johnson, Chris Marion, Ben Dias, Stephen Quinn, and Sean Rossi.  (Not shown: John Kuchta, Sharry Lai, Jessica Casillas, Joe Lu.)


Stay tuned to Moto IQ in upcoming weeks, for in-car videos, more build articles, and the details behind Project 240LSR’s journey to Bonneville.



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Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Sunday, August 19, 2012 7:06 AM
Congrats guys! Burt Monroe would've been proud of leaving it all out there on the flats...........I'm pretty sure!
Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:16 AM
Thank you Chuck, Annie, and the rest of the MIQ crew for ALL your time and effort you put into this build! It is so awesome to see a SR20 powered car at the Bonneville Salt Flats!! Maybe next year, we will see the coveted 200 MPH mark being crossed with a little help from a 'MOTOIQ's Khiem Dinh spec-ed out Turbo' for making 600-700 HP !! ....or more :)
Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:58 AM
Congrats gang! Can't wait to see the rest of the series, and what next year holds for you guys.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:36 AM
Big congratulations for making it there and not crashing! Can't wait to hear the detailed results and the continuation of this build. The car looks really good.
Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnsonlink
Sunday, August 19, 2012 12:37 PM
Thanks everyone.

With the chassis development in a decent place, we will be shifting our focus to making the power we need to go over 200 mph. The current GT28RS, although a great turbo, it's just not enough to get the job done. After a shakedown run at El Mirage in a month or so, we are going to tear down and focus on the engine build and the addition of a revamped turbo system.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 6:27 PM
nothing short of awesome. congrats!
Speed Industries
Speed Industrieslink
Monday, August 20, 2012 5:27 AM
Nice stuff, good start.
Maybe check this one as an input for going a bit faster:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 10:14 PM
I'm surprised it went even close to that fast with that tiny turbo! Just wait until you double the HP :) Which should get you to about 230mph...
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