185 MPH, with Production Car Projected to Get 45 MPG
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is the world’s fastest hybrid, the manufacturer said Friday, citing a speed of 185.394 mph (298.363 kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nev.
Motor Trend magazine writer Carlos Lago notched the new speed mark during the Southern California Timing Association’s annual Speed Week, VW said, adding, “This is the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid car on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.”
The speed is “more than 50 mph faster than an earlier land speed record hybrid assault undertaken by a prepped Toyota Prius,” Motor Trend reported.
“Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class,” VW Group of America president and CEO Jonathan Browning said in a release. “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.”
The Jetta Hybrid marries a 1.4-liter, turbocharged, 150-horsepower direct-injection four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric motor providing a 27-horsepower boost. The car is part of VW’s Think Blue strategy, described as “an initiative that encourages eco-friendly mobility and progressive ideas for responsible action in everyday life.”
Lago drove a Jetta Hybrid specially modified to run according to SCTA rules by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany. A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering, based in Camarillo, Calif. also participated, VW said. Final calibration of the hybrid driveline was supported by engineers from the Volkswagen Test Center in Oxnard, Calif.
“It was a real challenge to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate the power needed to run at these speeds,” said VW quality VP Marc Trahan. “The Jetta Hybrid Land Speed Record project shows both the sporty nature of our Hybrid offering and the technical excellence of our engineers.”
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