World’s fastest Beetle tackles Bonneville
A specially prepared VW Beetle LSR hit 205.122 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats recently making it the fastest Beetle ever.
Volkswagen in the U.S. has announced that its specially tuned Volkswagen Beetle LSR, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine, achieved 205.122 mph over a flying mile—the fastest speed ever recorded for a Beetle.
To achieve the horsepower needed to run above 200 mph at Bonneville, while adhering to Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) G/BGC rules, the powertrain was specially modified by THR Manufacturing, based in Santa Paula, Calif.
With new turbochargers, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods, and head modifications, it produced 543 hp and 421 lb/ft of torque at the wheels. At the flywheel, that would be more than 600 hp and nearly 500 lb/ft.
“Obviously, the Beetle had many other changes.
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The suspension was lowered, special Salt Flat wheels and tires fitted, a limited-slip differential added to aid traction, and the interior was stripped and outfitted with full safety equipment, such as a rollcage, racing seat and harness, and a fire suppression system.
Plus, to help slow the car down, the Beetle was fitted with a pair of parachutes.