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Posted: 10/9/2005 7:48:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2005 7:50:00 AM EDT by KlubMarcus]
I'm watching a car program on PBS. GM hired a hot rod shop to modify a Saturn Ion 4-banger for a speed record. It beat the previous record held by a Honda Civic. Oh heck, it's rerun. It was done back in 2003! www.americancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2041021.005/saturn/1.html

Saturn's new ION Red Line quad coupe raced into the record book at the Bonneville Salt Flats on Oct. 17, 2003, establishing a new mark in the G/Blown Fuel Altered class at 212.684 mph. The record-setting Saturn, which is based on the new factory-built ION Red Line sport compact and powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, eclipsed the previous 183.086 mph record set in 2001 by a Honda Civic by nearly 30 mph.

GM Performance Division launched the Saturn land speed record project to demonstrate the ultimate performance capabilities of the ION Red Line package under extreme conditions. GM High Performance Vehicle Operations engineer Jim Minneker piloted the front-wheel-drive ION Red Line in Saturn's first official record run on the world-famous Salt Flats. ...

Now they are working on a Chevy Cobalt with 700+ HP.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 7:56:19 AM EDT
I've read claims from Chevy that the Cobalt can get 600 hp with parts from the performance division.

Unfortunate that the car is not rear wheel drive.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:00:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:14:13 AM EDT
If it was a Saturn, was it driven by a fat chick? The reason that I ask, is that is seems to me that most of the drivers of Saturns are fat chicks. Well, that is the case in these parts.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:17:34 AM EDT

....... was it driven by a fat chick?......... seems to me that most of the drivers of Saturns are fat chicks.


TRUE!!!!

Fat chicks who are smoking..............and eating.............and talking on the phone!!!
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:17:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tannim:
I've read claims from Chevy that the Cobalt can get 600 hp with parts from the performance division.

Unfortunate that the car is not rear wheel drive.



Nothing a tube chassis can't fix...
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:33:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i'll be impressed when they build a metro than can top 85 and last more than 60,000 miles. don't have many places i can run 200mph



hahaha... thats why my dad has 2.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:35:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2005 8:40:20 AM EDT by mayday]

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i'll be impressed when they build a metro than can top 85 and last more than 60,000 miles. don't have many places i can run 200mph



AMEN BROTHER. They start to fall apart right after the warranty expires. Meanwhile Honda's are still going strong at 200,000 miles.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:37:14 AM EDT
before the ecotec even was out, I was always convinced that I can make a saturn fast with a Quad4.. Never had the time or resources to try it
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