When looking to build a car which can break the 200 mph mark in the standing mile, it’s easiest to start with something which is already fast in the top end. However some might think taking a Corvette or Camaro and slapping two huge turbos onto its Chevy Small Block is too easy and would rather build something that is both a challenge to make a part of the 200 mph club and different from the rest of the cars at the race course.
We’re assuming that was Tim and Austin Slone’s mentality when they began work on their 2006 Saturn Ion, which achieved a certified 206 mph trap speed at the Ohio Mile event a couple of years back.
The single-turbocharged Ion is powered by a 416 cubic-inch LS V8 engine, which has been garnished with a Callies crank and rods, Diamond pistons, L92 heads and Holley Dominator EFI with 160 lb/hr fuel injectors. It’s also sitting on top of a chromoly tube chassis and is to our disbelief, completely street legal.
This psycho Saturn isn’t just a speed demon in the standing mile either, it can hold its own on the short track too, able to post five-second eighth mile times, according to LSX TV. Check out the video below of its record-setting run, and if you’re really impressed, the whole thing, minus the engine and trans, can be yours for $40,000 as it was recently put up for sale on Racing Junk.