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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.

  • VW Beetle at Bonneville

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.

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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.

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