Encountered a Sleeper on the highway last night

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Coming home last night I was in the left lane of 3 lanes on the highway cruising at 75(ish)mph in a 70 mph limit. Noticed a CR-Z Honda 2 seater in the middle lane and about 10 cars ahead of him was a Honda Insight @year 2000. This is the first hybrid Honda with a 3 cyl. 1.0, 67 hp and weighs in at 1900 lbs. I had to look this up as I am not into hybrids.

Just as I reached the Honda Insight, it pulls into the left lane. I said "Dam, now I am stuck behind some dork that's going to block the left lane." But he was nice about it and pulled back into to the middle lane. in a few seconds. 10 seconds later he blows by me and takes off-still in the middle lane. I might(ha-ha) have been going 80 at that point and the little Honda disappears up the road 15+ car lengths!!

I said "Oh, this can't be" as it shouldn't be able to go that fast. I stomped on it and caught up with him as an Audi A7 cuts him off them moves over. Our exit is coming up in a 1/2 mile and he romps on it and disappears up the road again. I catch up to him again on a long sweeping exit and notice the tires on the front are bigger than the back and looks like slicks!! I figure he had a drag set-up as he didn't take the exit too fast. I noticed the back window had a number scrawled on it, but with all the Covid shots being given out, I thought it might have been that.

He nails it again once the car got straight and takes off. I came up on him as we approached a redlight, blew the horn and asked him "What the hell do you have in that thing?" He laughs, says "It's a V6!" He revs it, bounces it off the limiter and it begins to spit flames. He dumps the clutch and smokes the tires for about 20 feet while rolling at 35 mph!

I am guessing this is the car: =270 whp

The number in the back window? It said "10.73"





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Honda Insight is a very light aerodynamic car. I owned one for about a year. It got awesome mileage but I'd get outrun by loaded dump trucks and school busses.
 

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The insight is super light. With a j30 or j35 Honda v6 it would definitely move pretty good.
 

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I looove sleepers. Reminds me of my '66 Ford Custom (i.e. low-end, plain version of the Galaxie) 2-door post that sported a 521" BBF many years ago. Bone stock exterior, body colored steel wheels with poverty caps.

I'm hot after a new GT500 next year, but I'll be damned if I haven't thought about TTing my '15 instead....
 
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I love sleepers too. One of the greatest things about America is the car in the lane beside you might not be what you think it is.

A "less" sleeper story:

A few months ago, on a Saturday night I pulled up to a CTS-V Cadillac with 1 heck of a lopey idle big cam and drag radials-on the street! I stopped by his back passenger window due to traffic and the guy rolls his rear window down to hear my car.

He heard the Gen 3 Coyote and the whine of the A10. He decided to not even look my way when the light turned green. I'm guessing he thought my car was supercharged.
 

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