RE: 200mph VW Jetta heads to Bonneville

RE: 200mph VW Jetta heads to Bonneville

Wednesday 8th August

200mph VW Jetta heads to Bonneville

How to make Americans forget about diesel? Send a 500hp Jetta to the Salt Flats!



VW and its subsidiary companies have some illustrious history at Bonneville, what with the Skoda Octavia that achieved 227mph and the 205mph Beetle GSR that scorched the salt in 2014. For 2018 it's heading back to Bonneville Speed Week (which commences on Saturday) with this, a Jetta GLI.

Except, of course, it's not a regular Jetta Gran Luxury Injection. Look at the parachutes, for example. And the wheels. And the paint job. That said, it's not as far removed from the showroom as you might expect, VW describing this Jetta as a "specially prepared but near-production version".


To that end it uses the same EA888 2.0-litre turbo that powers the roadgoing GLI (as well as the Golf GTI), albeit pumped up to "significantly more" than 500hp. The aim is for this Jetta to achieve more than 335.5km/h, or 208.6 mph, as that is the current record for the BGC/G class in which it will compete. To give that engine every chance possible, the interior has been stripped to save weight and the drag co-efficient is said to be 0.27Cd.

The car has been built by VW and THR Manufacturing in California, with extra modifications including a limited-slip diff - good luck getting a 500hp, front-wheel drive car going on salt without one! That's in addition to the special wheels and tyres, suspension work and parachutes.


As for the design, Reto Brun from VW has said: "We wanted to emphasise the technical charisma of the Jetta and give the car designer graphics that set it apart from the extraterrestrial-looking environment of the Bonneville Salt Flats." Just in case you were wondering...

It's not confirmed yet when exactly the Jetta will complete its Bonneville runs, though it stands to surpass two records if it's successful: not only that BGC/G class highest speed, but also the fastest "near-production" VW ever; tenuous, yes, but why not claim all the records you can? In fact VW is aiming for three records in three months, with the ID R having claimed titles at both Pikes Peak and Goodwood over the summer. Will the Jetta succeed? More news next week!


 

 

 

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unpc

Original Poster:

2,048 posts

149 months

Thursday 9th August
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"We wanted to emphasise the technical charisma of the Jetta"

Hahahahaha

Hairymonster

350 posts

41 months

Thursday 9th August
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unpc said:
"We wanted to emphasise the technical charisma of the Jetta"

Hahahahaha
Funnily enough I posted something very similar and the post was deleted - I wonder if yours will survive the thought police.

unsprung

2,577 posts

60 months

Thursday 9th August
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entertaining article and wisely, IMO, spotted on the concept of "never mind that billion-dollar hiccup with diesel..."

when I saw the back end -- and those two 'chutes -- I truly lol'd

I would love to have such twin parachutes on the back of an otherwise stock Jetta; imagine the faces around you, when sat at the red light hehe


kambites

55,407 posts

157 months

Thursday 9th August
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Hairymonster said:
Funnily enough I posted something very similar and the post was deleted - I wonder if yours will survive the thought police.
Was it deleted or was it just the usual "if you comment on a front-page article in the first hour or so PH goes horribly wrong"?

M235i on the NC500

1 posts

4 months

Thursday 9th August
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"specially prepared but near-production version" HA HA HA mmm near production my arse!
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RemyMartin81D

4,268 posts

141 months

Thursday 9th August
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Too soon Junior!

tr3a

203 posts

163 months

Thursday 9th August
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What is the horizontal skate wheel at the back for?

seefarr

537 posts

122 months

Thursday 9th August
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tr3a said:
What is the horizontal skate wheel at the back for?
Most of the cars are push started because of the crazy high gearing they run, so I'm guessing it's to do with that?


unsprung

2,577 posts

60 months

Thursday 9th August
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tr3a said:
What is the horizontal skate wheel at the back for?
pirouettes


tr3a

203 posts

163 months

Thursday 9th August
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seefarr said:
Most of the cars are push started because of the crazy high gearing they run, so I'm guessing it's to do with that?
Sounds plausible. 'Pirouettes' doesn't.

Hairymonster

350 posts

41 months

Sunday 12th August
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kambites said:
Was it deleted or was it just the usual "if you comment on a front-page article in the first hour or so PH goes horribly wrong"?
No idea - didn't realise that's a feature!

dhutch

2,573 posts

133 months

Sunday 12th August
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So it's factory standard.

Apart from the engine being totally rebuilt, and the gearbox, and the diff, and the wheels. Interior removed. Presumably tweeks the the suspension. Roll cage. Parachutes.

So everything but the shell is new?