The Bonneville Salt Flats is holy grounds when it comes to automobiles and speed. Over the years, many vehicles have set land speed records and some of them may be the least expected models.
In latest news, a Volkswagen Beetle has set a new land speed record, becoming the fastest Beetle ever. The Volkswagen Beetle tuned by Volkswagen of America achieved a top speed of 205.122mph (330.111km/h), making it the fastest Beetle ever.
The record-setting Beetle was powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct injection four-cylinder engine that delivers 543bhp to its wheels and 570Nm of torque. To achieve record setting speeds, the Volkswagen Beetle had new turbochargers, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods, and head modifications done by THR Manufacturing.
The change was not only the engine, but had lowered suspension, tyres and wheels designed for the Salt Flats, and a limited slip differential. On the inside, the Beetle had a full roll cage, racing seat and harness, and a fire suppression system. A pair of parachutes helped the car to brake.
Piloting the car was Automobile magazine's contributing Editor, Preston Lerner on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA) 2016 World of Speed event. He claimed, "Exceeding 200 miles per hour in the Beetle LSR was a serious thrill."