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.