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The Fastest Beetle in the World

A specially-tuned Volkswagen Beetle has set a new speed record at the World of Speed event that has long been a tradition at Lake Bonneville in Utah (USA). The Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) with a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection engine (TSI) drove the fastest speed ever documented for a Beetle, reaching 328.195 km/h (205.122 mph) over a distance of one mile.

In order to reach top speeds of well over 300 km/h many aspects of the Beetle LSR were reworked, and the car was modified to conform to regulations for record drives on salt flats. The output of the 2.0-litre TSI was boosted to a peak power of 550 PS (new turbocharger, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder head modifications). The record-setting vehicle also stands out with an  impressive torque peak of 571 Newton meters.

To perform well under extreme conditions, the Beetle was equipped with special wheels and tires for driving on salt, and the body was lowered significantly. A limited-slip differential was also used to improve traction, while a safety package provided protection; it consisted of a rollover protection cage and a fire extinguishing system. In addition, the record-setting car had two brake parachutes that were used to slow down the Beetle.

1958 AJS Norton Special | NorAjs Cafe Racer | Road Racer

AJS 18CS Engine | Norton Featherbed Frame | Engine 58/18CS 2867 |
VIN 5818CS287


AJS was a British company founded in 1909 by A. J. Stevens & Co. Ltd to build and produce cars and motorcycles | The motorcycles had much success in racing and by 1931 held 117 motorcycle world records

Associated Motor Cycles | AMC built the AJS Racing Motorcycle from 1948 to 1963 together with their Matchless Bikes | Associated Motorcycles and the AJS name eventually ended up with Norton-Villiers in 1966

Norton-Villiers | British Motorcycle manufacturer | Established in the 1960s following the collapse of AMC | Under a British Government initiative after the decline of the motorcycle undustry, the remnants of Norton-Villiers and BSA Triumph formed Norton-Villiers-Triumph | Production lasted from 1966 - 1972

Pic | Todd McLellan

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1948 AJS 7R | Boy Racer | Road Racing Bike | 350 cc OHC Single 32 bhp | The AJS 7Rs won the 1961, 62 and 63 Junior Manx TT Races and came 2nd in 1966 | Top Speed 180-190 kph 115-120 mph

AJS was a British company founded in 1909 by A. J. Stevens & Co. Ltd to build and produce cars and motorcycles | The motorcycles had much success in racing and by 1931 held 117 motorcycle world records

Associated Motor Cycles | AMC built the AJS Racing Motorcycle from 1948 to 1963 together with their Matchless Bikes | Associated Motorcycles and the AJS name eventually ended up with Norton-Villiers in 1966