The fastest car that Skoda has ever had – the Skoda Octavia vRS special – has arrived. For a time, Skoda kept it a secret that its UK technical team in Milton Keynes was designing and building this 200mph, 590bhp model.
Skoda created the Octavia vRS to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its vRS performance flagship badge. This model will be seen at the Bonneville Speed Week, which runs from August 13 to 20.
This Skoda model will attempt the nine-mile straight and surpass the 200mph mark in the ‘2.0-litre production car’ category.
The Octavia is powered by a production-standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI engine that’s equipped with a Garret turbocharger that was specially designed. It has an output of up to 590bhp and it delivers 26-28 PSI of boost pressure.
Skoda said that when compared to the standard car, this model got a boost of 380bhp and 170lb ft of torque. Skoda said that this car uses high-octane race fuel.
Aside from the extreme power changes, the one-off road-racer is built to be 80mm lower. It has been fitted with a reinforced roll cage, fire extinguishers, parachute, and window cage. It even has a race prepared intercooler. According to Director for Skoda UK Robert Hazelwood, Skoda is pushing engineering excellence to new limits with this project.
Robert Hazelwood, Director for Skoda UK, said that the 10-year relationship between the vRS badge and the United Kingdom has been a success. He added that running the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats is a fitting tribute to this historic anniversary. He remarked that while the Skoda Octavia vRS Bonneville special is an ambitious project that might surprise a few people, the new car will try to push Skoda’s engineering excellence to new heights. Entered into the ‘2.0-liter production car’ category, the Skoda vRS will be going through a straight nine-mile course.
This includes a timed mile in the middle, during which the performance of the entries will be recorded to determine the class winner. The legendary Bonneville Salt Flats commences 90 miles west of Salt Lake City, covering around 50 square miles of northwestern Utah. The Bonneville Salt Flats has been considered as an ideal place for high-speed racing. In fact, every August, the location hosts the so-called Speed Week, during which a variety of vehicles -- roadsters, belly tankers, motorcycles and diesel trucks try to test their speed capabilities.
All Skoda vRS models have been designed and developed to stir up the passion and thrill of sports car driving. These Skoda vRS models boast an extra dynamism that allows them to connect emotionally with their drivers. They also have subtle yet distinctive exterior elements that enable them to stand out from the crowd. These elements include a rear spoiler, aggressive bumpers, chromed exhaust tips and bespoke alloy wheels. The interior of the Skoda vRS, meanwhile, is fitted with new upholstery, distinct badging and smart dashboard inserts.