Normally, if you rock up to a top speed event in an SUV alongside a fleet of hypercars, you will be absolutely destroyed. However, that wasn’t the case at the most recent Vmax 200 event held in the UK.
In one corner was a Koenigsegg Agera RS, certified as the world’s fastest production car. In the other corner was a custom Nissan Qashqai modified within an inch of its life by Severn Valley Motorsport.
Guess what: The Qashqai just embarrassed the much-lauded Swedish hypercar.
During its second of two high-speed runs, the SUV topped out at a remarkable 237.8 mph (382.7 km/h). By comparison, the best the Koenigsegg could muster was 221.3 mph (356 km/h).
As you’d imagine, the Qashqai in question has been overhauled to such an extent that it can barely even be considered a Qashqai anymore. For example, it has been outfitted with the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 of the Nissan GT-R tuned to a remarkable 2000 hp. Such an ungodly figure has been reached thanks to forged engine components, upgraded turbochargers and aggressive software tuning.
In hitting its 237.8 mph top speed, this Qashqai took the title of the world’s fastest SUV from a 2000 HP Toyota Land Cruiser, which once hit 230 mph (370 km/h).