AHHH Why oh Why couldn't this have been a Sedan!! :tear:
I would have liked to have seen the sedan as the basis too, with the awd and 250kWs...ah we can all dream. What beast that would be...!
as soon as i get my tranny done i'll see what my car can do. 145 was no prob in the atx, so we'll see how things go....just need some hood pins.
there's a couple speed3's here in Vegas, but all still looking stock. was hoping Mazda would have given some out to be played with for this week.
Remember it's governed, not drag limited. Lift the governor and who knows.155 isnt that impressive with the fwd cars out there
the old preludes did it pretty easily
i know i owned one
hell ive seen integras go near that (not the gsr or type r)
now if it said 170 id be damn impressed
It's still impressive for a cheap stock car, no matter how you look at it. Would I do that? Never.prob not much more...
with the power needed to get much faster because of wind resistance... i would be really suprised to see any more than 160 if that
especially if you are near the 5k power drop off of the engine when you get to 155....
think of it this way a 505 hp corvette with much much better aeros than the mazdaspeed 3 can do 198
the 400hp vette same body has trouble hitting 180
thats almost 20 mph per 100 hp
and its not like 600 would get you to 220 in that reg vette either cause its all incramental at that point it would cost you 720hp to get there (lingenfelter vette)
and then over 900hp to get to 240mph(new tt lpe vette)
now i could see the car if it was at about 4k rpms at 155 going to 165 before it started to lose speed and the turbo started to melt (joking) if it was at that rpm. but to go any faster than that youd need more that 350whp on that car and some better aerodynamics and then youd still be pushing it pretty hard
anyone know the gear ratios rev limiter and stock tire size for the speed3 i could do the math that way