THREE WAYS TO TOP 200MPH
The top three cars to buy and tune to top the mighty double ton!
WE CELEBRATE OUR 200TH ISSUE BY TAKING THREE VERY DIFFERENT JAPANESE PERFORMANCE CARS TO THE MAGIC 200MPH MARK
18 years ago, when the first issue of JP came out, the idea that it might be possible to buy and tune a Japanese performance car that could nail 200mph would have seemed crazy. At the time, most factory-spec cars topped out at 135 to 145mph, and 150mph was seen as a realistic pinnacle for those prepared to splash out a pretty serious wedge on modifications.
Fast forward to 2017 and the idea seems completely sensible, with a number of different modified Japanese performance cars having already exceeded the 200mph mark. But although performance car development has evolved considerably since 1999, it still takes some serious technical nous and no shortage of wonga to take a high-speed manufacturer’s model and transform it into a 200mph champion.
A car’s top speed depends on a number of factors of course, the most important of which are engine power, aerodynamic efficiency, frontal area, and gearing. And then you have to take into account vehicle losses, like rolling resistance, drivetrain losses and electrical system loads. With many different issues to overcome, different potential starting points and a variety of strategies there are numerous ways you could achieve our target of buying and tuning a car to hit the magic 200mph, but we’re seeking the most cost-effective approaches.
And after speaking to numerous experts in the field and crunching heaps of numbers we’ve come up with the three best ways to achieve the double ton, starting with three of the most iconic Japanese performance cars of the last 18 years. And in each case we can tell you how to do it and how much it will cost – both to buy, and to modify a car to reach a breath-taking 200mph.