What was the first production car to reach 200mph?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by slapnutz, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. As the title says.....what car? and dont bother with ultra rare 1 off models.
  2. The Lamborghini Diablo, the successor to the Countach, was the first production road car to
    reach the magic 200mph number!
  3. I thought that honor went to the Ferrari F40? I think I remember some magazine tested it to just a hair over 201 mph. I think it was Car and Driver, but that was so long ago I can't say for sure.
  4. As far as I know it was the F40.
  5. i thought it was the F40 as well...
  6. I'm doubting about the 1964 GT40 (yes, there were road versions), the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO came close to the 200 mph mark, but I thought that one just didn't make it.
  7. I SAW A 1964 GT40!!

  8. W00T!!!?? WHEN! HOW!?
  9. It was probably a replica. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>

    And the road-going version of the GT40 didn't hit 200 as far as I can recall...

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  10. at school once. seriously it was a real one. i was talking to the guy (he was waiting to pick up his kid) about it and me told me it was an original...didn't want to tell me how much he paid for it though, lol. it definately looked real, the paint was a little worse for wear, a few spidery cracks here and there, a but faded in a couple of small places. and the biggest give away - it had a 1964 numberplate (3 letters, 3 numbers and then the letter B at the end). sadly he wouldn't let me sit in it, lol. if i had a camera phone at that time i would have a few pics.

    i almost missed seeing it as well. i was walking back from class with one of my mates. he's not hugely into cars and doesn't react very much when he sees an awesome one, but he glanced over at the car park and siad "HOLY SHIT, what the hell's that??!", so i looked up and said "#$%#ING HELL, it's a GT40!" and literally ran over to it, lol.

    Blue with White stripes...magical. when he drove off he lay a bit of rubber down on the drive, haha. it had such a low noise...definately a HUGE V8 under there (well, i could see the intake bell things through the glass/plastic/whatever window on the back). completely stunning
  11. That's seriously freaking rawsome <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  12. What about the GT40?
  13. Race car did (comfortably <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A> ), road car didn't - at least not from the factory.
  14. I had the pleasure of a Ford GT (not sure if it was an older GT40 or newer one but it was the road version) come up an on-ramp my family was driving by on the highway. The guy driving it looked over and saw me drooling and, being such a nice guy, dropped it to second (I'm guessing) and just roared past. I'm definatly not a Ford guy but all I have to say is: got-dang! The GT40 is one of very very few Fords I would ever want to drive.
  15. Got-dang?
  16. Yes. Got-dang. Would you rather I say god damn!?
  17. 1969 Dodge Daytona's probably reched 200 mph, they had a coefficient of drag of 0.28
    With the 426 Hemi it probably did with a straight long enough.
  18. It's true the NASCAR versions of the Daytona and Superbird could go well over 200 on the racetrack but the street versions weren't geared tall enough.
  19. #19 Insectopia, Dec 7, 2004
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    No actually, on March 24,1970, a stock Dodge Charger Daytona did reach 200.447 mph officially on a closed course. The record was set at Alabama International Motor Speedway.
    <A HREF="http://aerowarriors.com/cgi-bin/af.cgi?rf= http://aerowarriors.com/88daytona.html" TARGET="_new">http://aerowarriors.com/cgi-bin/af.cgi?rf= <A HREF="http://aerowarriors.com/88daytona.html</A>" TARGET="_new">http://aerowarriors.com/88daytona.html</A></A> also
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  20. #20 bugatti442, Dec 7, 2004
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    That is pretty impressive.
  21. Those links are referencing the first ever 200 mph lap at a closed course. While impressive, that car isn't an off-the-showroom-floor stock vehicle, it's one of the test race cars. "Stock cars" (i.e. NASCAR) even back then weren't completely stock. In fact, the closest they were to being stock was back in the 1950's.
  22. I was thinking the 959 but i believe it was JUST under, I pick the F40 at 201 mph.
  23. Lets all fanboy: 959
  24. The car that went 200mph wasn’t that far off from stock. Those were the days when a NASCAR still had to be a production car and as a result some pretty sketchy street legal machines were sold to fulfill the requirement. The change over didn't occur until the 1970s when NASCARs started to have less and less in common with their production counter parts.

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