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  • Volkswagen sets the top speed record for hybrids at the Bonneville Salt flats with their 2013 MK6 Jetta Hybrid

    Volkswagen is intent on proving their hybrid drivetrain is capable of some seriously impressive feats. Setting the production hybrid land speed record definitely qualifies. Volkswagen was able to hit a verified of 185.394 miles per hour which is the highest speed ever achieved by a production based hybrid. Aerodynamic changes were made within the class rules to help achieve this speed so we do not think a stock production car will be able to match it. Nevertheless, it is the same general body and 1.4 cylinder turbo TSI motor with 150 horsepower plus a 27 horse electric motor (although modified).

    VWUSA CEO Jonathan Browning stated the following about the record, "Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class. 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."

    Congratulations to Volkswagen.


    ​Press Release:

    VOLKSWAGEN'S JETTA HYBRID IS THE WORLDS FASTEST HYBRID

    Motor Trend magazine writer Carlos Lago runs 185 mph (298 kph) in turbocharged Jetta Hybrid to set Hybrid Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats

    Herndon, VA - Volkswagen announced today that a 2013 Jetta Hybrid driven by Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago recorded a speed of 185.394 mph (298.363 kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nevada, during the Southern California Timing Association's (SCTA) annual Speed Week. This is the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid car on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

    "Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class," said Jonathan Browning, CEO and President, VW Group of America. "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."

    Lago drove a Jetta Hybrid specially modified to run according to SCTA rules. The all-new Jetta Hybrid marries a 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® gasoline engine that generates150 horsepower with a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric motor that provides an additional 27 hp. The Jetta Hybrid is part of Volkswagen's Think Blue® strategy, an initiative that encourages eco-friendly mobility and progressive ideas for responsible action in everyday life.

    To achieve the kind of horsepower needed to run at 185 mph (298 kph) at Bonneville, the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany. Project integration and other modifications to enable the car to run safely on the salt were handled by A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering, based in Camarillo, California. The implementation and final calibration of the drivetrain in the car was supported by the engineers from the Volkswagen Test Center California in Oxnard, CA.

    "We are really proud that our new Jetta Hybrid is the world's fastest hybrid," said Marc Trahan, Executive Vice President, Group Quality. "It was a real challenge to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate the power needed to run at these speeds. The Jetta Hybrid Land Speed Record project shows both the sporty nature of our Hybrid offering and the technical excellence of our engineers in Wolfsburg and in the Test Center California."

    Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh commented: "It is a real honor to partner with Volkswagen in this project and we look forward to sharing this adventure with our 1.1 million magazine subscribers, our more than three million website unique users, and our increasingly popular YouTube channel. And we hope that we will be back at the Salt very soon to go even faster with the Jetta Hybrid."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Volkswagen sets the top speed record for hybrids at the Bonneville Salt flats with their 2013 MK6 Jetta Hybrid started by Sticky View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. DavidV's Avatar
      DavidV -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany.
      So with 150 hp, a 27 hp electromotor and a modified transmission this car runs 300km/h?
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      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."
      I wonder what the fuel economy was ot those 2 runs...
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
      So with 150 hp, a 27 hp electromotor and a modified transmission this car runs 300km/h?
      Also aerodynamic modifications.
    1. DavidV's Avatar
      DavidV -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      Also aerodynamic modifications.
      Yes, but those are very minimal. Some wheelcaps and probably some tape, because these regulations are very strict.
      In the picture it also looks very standard...
      Even so, it is a fairly heavy car, and with that horsepower 300 km/h seems like a stretch.
    1. Sorena's Avatar
      Sorena -
      No way it did 299 Km/h with just 177 HP.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      All the info is there guys. Did you actually read the press release?

      To achieve the kind of horsepower needed to run at 185 mph (298 kph) at Bonneville, the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany. Project integration and other modifications to enable the car to run safely on the salt were handled by A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering, based in Camarillo, California. The implementation and final calibration of the drivetrain in the car was supported by the engineers from the Volkswagen Test Center California in Oxnard, CA.
    1. Sorena's Avatar
      Sorena -
      I don't read press releases, press releases read me. Click here to enlarge

      the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D
      There we go. I bet this thing has power in 400 HP range.
    1. DavidV's Avatar
      DavidV -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      Did you actually read the press release?
      Yes I did. I even quoted it.
      Still cannot believe only a gear ratio change can make a 170hp car do 300 km/h with a near standard bodyshell, especially on salt.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
      Yes I did. I even quoted it.
      Still cannot believe only a gear ratio change can make a 170hp car do 300 km/h with a near standard bodyshell, especially on salt.
      I don't know how good of a job you did reading it when it says they upped the horsepower.
    1. DavidV's Avatar
      DavidV -
      Ah, I mistranslated.
      I thought they just changed the gear ratios.


      So it is now completely useless information.
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      "It was a real challenge to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate the power needed to run at these speeds.
      A VW Jetta chassis with an unknown hybrid powerplant with unknown hp has done 298 km/h
      Wow. Yes, it is cucumbertime. Non news. NPI
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
      Ah, I mistranslated.
      I thought they just changed the gear ratios.


      So it is now completely useless information.

      A VW Jetta chassis with an unknown hybrid powerplant with unknown hp has done 298 km/h
      Wow. Yes, it is cucumbertime. Non news. NPI
      You guys seriously are having trouble with basic reading.

      They took the same exact powertrain just tuned it for more horsepower. It's the same body, same trans, just modifications done that are allowed in the class.
    1. Sorena's Avatar
      Sorena -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      They took the same exact powertrain just tuned it for more horsepower. It's the same body, same trans, just modifications done that are allowed in the class.
      But it's not a Jetta Hybrid anymore, is it? At least not the Jetta you can buy from a VW dealer. If it was a basic upgrade like the new wheels and a few aerodynamic touches here and there, it would be ok but it the thing is it's a lot more than basic changes.

      the highest speed ever achieved by a production based hybrid.
      This is the key part that me and David didn't pay attention to. Because VW press made it sound like that it was a stock car with giving us specs on the production model NOT the car that did 300 Km/h. Why should i know Jetta Hybrid makes 177 HP while the car that did 300 Km/h probably has more than double of that?

      I hate people who prepare speeches, press releases etc... They make a lot of money by confusing the public.
    1. pattrick02's Avatar
      pattrick02 -
      that's pretty cool.
    1. DBFIU's Avatar
      DBFIU -
      Winning a race with a hybrid is like running in the special olympics, you're still retarded.
    1. George Smooth's Avatar
      George Smooth -
      In my books it's a marketing con. They strapped a huge turbo on and got the electric motor to help it past the lag point. Shocking that they even talk about the efficiency of the stock motor. @DavidV is well versed when it come to cars and the wording even tricked him.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
      But it's not a Jetta Hybrid anymore, is it? At least not the Jetta you can buy from a VW dealer. If it was a basic upgrade like the new wheels and a few aerodynamic touches here and there, it would be ok but it the thing is it's a lot more than basic changes.
      No it's still a Jetta Hybrid just one set up for a top speed run as they said. What is the problem?

      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
      Because VW press made it sound like that it was a stock car with giving us specs on the production model NOT the car that did 300 Km/h.
      No they don't. You both failed at reading the press release.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
      In my books it's a marketing con. They strapped a huge turbo on and got the electric motor to help it past the lag point. Shocking that they even talk about the efficiency of the stock motor. @DavidV is well versed when it come to cars and the wording even tricked him.
      Of course it's marketing but it's an achievement.