General Motors has announced that the 2012 Buick Regal GS sports sedan and its 2.0-liter turbo engine will once again be participating in the Nevada Open Road Challenge on May 21 seeking to repeat of the class victory it achieved last year in the event.
In september last year, the GS’ lead development engineer Bill Rietow with GS powertrain engineer John Townsend as his navigator won the event the 120-mph class of the Silver State Classic Challenge, which takes place on the same open road course. However, this year the car will have to bring its A-game for th 135-mph class that it’s entering.
“We learned a lot about the intricacies of the course on our first time out” said Rietow. “We now know that the segment known as ‘the Narrows’ can be safely negotiated at 90 mph. By planning the slow down into and the acceleration rate out of the Narrows, we can more accurately control our pace to the target average speed. At times, we’ll need to run at the GS’s top speed.”
“The competition in this class was really good last fall and we look forward to competing,” said Townsend. “Weather is going to be an interesting factor this time around, with headwinds as high as 20 mph possible.”