2013 Jetta Hybrid Set New Speed Record at Bonneville
Gunning for top speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats should be on the car enthusiast’s bucket list. Luckily for our own associate road test editor Carlos Lago, he can check that task off after taking a modified 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid to 185.394 mph at Speed Week. In the process, Lago also set a new record for hybrid land speed record attempts.
The record-setting machinery in question is a Jetta Hybrid meticulously prepared to the H/PS standards of the Southern California Timing Association sanctioning body. The “H” designates a 1.016- to 1.523-liter engine displacement restriction, while “PS” means the Production Supercharged (forced induction) class. Set to go on sale later this year, the production version of the hybrid sedan will have a 150-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo-four affixed to a 7-speed twin-clutch DSG transmission with a 27-hp electric motor.
The land speed record vehicle received lots of attention under the hood, but even more was paid to the safety equipment. Volkswagen R&D out of Wolfsburg, Germany, tinkered with the powertrain while engineers from VW’s California test facility were on site to keep an eye on the engine and hybrid drive calibration. A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering of Camarillo, California, were responsible for putting the car together.
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