600-hp Volkswagen Jetta set a speed recordSeptember 18, 2018
At the Salt Lake Bonneville Volkswagen Jetta sedan accelerated to 338.2 kilometers per hour
The 600-horsepower Volkswagen Jetta set a new speed record on the salt lake of Bonneville. The sedan could accelerate to 338.2 kilometers per hour, improving the previous achievement by 2.7 kilometers per hour.
Preparation of the car for a record race was engaged in the Californian studio THR Manufacturing. The sedan is built on the basis of the serial model for the requirements of the BGC/G class of the Southern California Chronometric Association and is equipped with a modified two-liter turbo engine from the sports version of the Jetta GLI, combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
The list of changes was not limited only to the engine: Jetta underestimated the suspension, mounted on the wheels fairings, equipped the car with a self-locking differential, safety cage, fire fighting system, racing chair and two brake parachutes.
In June, Volkswagen set another record: the electric prototype I.D. R was able to drive the Pikes Peak in seven minutes and 57.148 seconds – 16 seconds faster than the time that nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb showed on the 875-hp Peugeot 208 T16 prototype in 2013.
Later, the head of the Volkswagen Motorsport factory department, Sven Smiets, said that the company will not return to the race to improve its own performance, but will closely monitor the progress of other manufacturers.
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