Datsun 240Z Breaks Bonneville Record with 172.9 MPH Run


This salt-caked 1972 Datsun 240Z hit 172.9 miles per hour on September 17. In doing so, it broke the the F/GT class (GT = Grand Touring gas-only class, F = the engine size, which has been upgraded to 3.0L) record previously held by a Ferrari that managed 168.7. Congratulations are in order for Douglas “Burton” Brown and the crew from Victory Motorsports in Fremont, Wisconsin. And it wasn’t even a G-nose!

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8 Responses to Datsun 240Z Breaks Bonneville Record with 172.9 MPH Run

  1. TommyJ said:

    Doesnt even have a front spoiler, those z’s feel awfully floaty past 100mph.

  2. Kev said:

    That extreme rake on the body might address the front end lift issues.

  3. Nigel said:

    Any video of the Z making its runs ?

  4. Awesome!
    I would love to see some video if there is any.

    Great to see that Datto’s still got it!

  5. Tyler said:

    Good job, boys! Go Midwest!

  6. Burton Brown said:

    The Car really is stable at all speeds. The Rake does have quite a bit to do with it.
    We will have some in Car Video soon on the Rebello Racing page. Thanks for encouragement.
    We plan to return to bump the record up into the 180’s with the F engine. In typical racer fashion now we want to get into the 200mph club. This will most likely need to go up to an E engine. Record with an E- Engine (4.2L) is 190MPH.
    Burton

  7. Bob Mullarkey said:

    Congratulations, good to see a z car running at Bonneville. great to hear you set a new record. I wonder what it took to set the record. were you able to run fuel injection?

    Bob M

  8. Burton Brown said:

    To All,

    There is a story and video up now on the Rebello racing site for those interested.

    Here is a link http://www.rebelloracing.com/index.htm

    Thanks Burton

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