Regal GS Runs the Silver State Classic Challenge
Regal GS becomes the fastest Buick in history.
September 15, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
References to Buick products running above 120-mph are unheard of in recent memory, however that is about to change. This weekend the all-new 2012 Buick Regal GS will be participating in the bi-annual Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This Sunday Regal GS lead engineer Bill Rietow will pilot the new GS with drive quality powertrain engineer John Townsend navigating Nevada’s State Highway 318 during the bi-annual SSCC road rally. Team Buick will be participating in the 120-mph class, with a top speed in the class at 140-mph.
The SSCC is in its 24th year and leverages a 90-mile stretch of Nevada’s highway for the rally. According to the SSCC website, vehicle speed classes range from 90-mph to 200-mph, with class placement dependent upon both vehicle safety features and driver experience.
Rietow is a member of both Sports Car Club of America and Corvette Club of Michigan as an autocross racer. Together, he and Townsend will be competing against 30 to 40 other vehicles in the class.
“The GS is the most performance-oriented Regal in Buick’s sport sedan portfolio, and the Silver State Classic will be the perfect venue to test its mettle,” Rietow said. “As a racer, I know how thrilling this event will be, but it also serves as an opportunity for us to gain invaluable insights about vehicle and engine performance that directly benefit our customers.”
Regal GS is powered by GM’s turbocharged ECOTEC 2.0-liter with 270 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque. Unlike most modern vehicles today, the GS top speed is not electronically limited. GM claims that they had the GS at 152-mph during their testing, making it the fastest Buick ever produced.
In fact, Buick even noted that the coveted Buick GNX top speed was electronically limited to 124.5-mph.
Regal GS arrives in Buick dealerships later this fall as a 2012 model, with the ability to travel in excess of 120-mph, of course.