Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is world’s fastest hybrid

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 20, 2012

A ‘Hybrid Speed Record’ was set by a turbocharged Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, which was driven up to 185.394-mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This production-based hybrid has attained the fastest speed that has ever been reached at the Salt Flats. The Jetta Hybrid received modifications according to the rules of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA).

As a result, the 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine can deliver 150hp. It is partnered with an electric motor that produces 27hp. Volkswagen accomplished the high-speed record while using a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Volkswagen R&D, which is based in Wolfsburg, Germany, modified the powertrain.

California-based A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering made changes on the car so that it could be driven safely at high speeds on the salt. Meanwhile, the engineers at the Volkswagen Test Center based in Oxnard, California were tasked to do the implementation and final calibration of the drivetrain. Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago was driving this car when it set the record.

Jonathan Browning, CEO and President, VW Group of America, said that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid has proven itself to be a unique offering in the compact hybrid class with this speed record. He added that the Jetta Turbo Hybrid offers a combined fuel economy of 45 mpg but it continues to offer the fun-to-drive nature that can be expected from a VW model in a segment that’s dominated by uninteresting vehicles.

Topics: vw, vw jetta, hybrid, record

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