After we drove the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta earlier this 12 months, we have been impressed by the compact sedan’s upscale really feel and array of tech, however the Jetta didn’t strike us as notably quick. It’s definitely not the automobile we’d count on to set a land-speed document. But that’s precisely what VW did.
Contemporary off attaining a document on the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb with the all-electric I.D. R, a modified 2019 VW Jetta hit the well-known Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. Attaining a high pace of 210.16 mph on the Utah Salt Flats Racing Affiliation’s (USFRA) World of Velocity occasion, it set a brand new document within the G/BGC class. Of the myriad courses of engine displacement, gasoline kind, and physique fashion in land-speed racing, that’s the one the Jetta match into.
The earlier class document was 208.472 mph. Not surprisingly, VW wanted to make some modifications for the Jetta to have an opportunity of beating that supercar-rivaling pace.
The land-speed document Jetta acquired a brand new engine, however not an unique racing unit. It’s a modified model of two.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EA888 engine used within the Golf GTI and lots of different VW fashions. Extra importantly, this engine will quickly discover its manner underneath the hood of the Jetta GLI efficiency mannequin. The present non-GLI Jetta makes due with a 1.Four-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
The land-speed document Jetta put out 600 horsepower, based on VW, however don’t count on the manufacturing Jetta GLI to be wherever close to as highly effective. Output will in all probability be nearer to the 220 hp and 258 lb-ft the EA888 engine makes within the present Golf GTI. The race automobile’s engine was extensively modified with new inner elements, a brand new turbocharger, and new exhaust system.
Along with the two.Zero-liter engine, Volkswagen lowered the Jetta’s suspension, fitted particular Salt Flats wheels and tires, and added a limited-slip differential to enhance the front-wheel drive automobile’s traction. VW was fast to notice that the Jetta’s pretty low drag coefficient of Zero.27 helped present an aerodynamic benefit at Bonneville, however the exterior mirrors have been additionally eliminated for good measure.
As is customary process for race automobiles, the Jetta’s inside was stripped and fitted with further security gear, together with a roll cage, racing seat with harness, and a fireplace suppression system. A pair of parachutes helped cease the automobile. Modifications have been made by California-based THR Manufacturing, which beforehand constructed a Bonneville Beetle for Volkswagen. Bonneville veteran Scott Goetz piloted the Jetta on its record-breaking run.
“The automobile impressed plenty of confidence at very excessive speeds,” Goetz mentioned in a press release. “I’ve little doubt that we may go even quicker by working some extra [turbocharger] enhance, however we’re very comfortable to have the document, figuring out that there’s extra to return within the automobile if we’d like it.”
Count on the Jetta GLI to show up in showrooms someday over the subsequent few months. It received’t be as quick because the land-speed document automobile, however the GLI may add some much-needed pleasure to the Jetta.
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