Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Goes 185-MPH, Sets World Speed Record

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Goes 185-MPH, Sets World Speed Record

A turbocharged Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has just set the record for ‘Hybrid Speed Record’ at the Bonneville Salt Flats after it went 185.394-mph. It’s the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid out on the Salt Flats.

The Jetta Hybrid was modified according to Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) rules, helping the 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine hit 150-hp while mated to an electric motor that generates 27-hp. The high-speed pass was done on a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D out in Wolfsburg, Germany. To get the car running safely at high speeds on the salt was A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering based out of California. Engineers at the Volkswagen Test Center out in Oxnard, California were responsible for the implementation and final calibration of the drivetrain.

The record was set with Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago behind the wheel.

“Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO and President, VW Group of America. “As well as being expected to achieve combined fuel economy of 45 mpg, the Jetta Turbo Hybrid also retains the fun-to-drive nature you expect from a Volkswagen in a segment dominated by less exciting vehicles.”

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