It appears that one hybrid car land speed record is not enough for Volkswagen as the German company returned to Salts Flats on October 5th and broke the Southern California Timing Association's (SCTA) H/PS land speed record for production cars with engines of less than 1.5 liters that use forced induction.
According to the official press release, Vw Jetta Hybrid driven by Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago averaged 186.313 mph over two runs during the SCTA's World Finals event. Lago eclipsed the previous record by 18.8 mph. Moreover, in the second run, Lago averaged 187.147 mph for the last mile, beating the magical 300 km/h mark.
For those who don’t know, the 2013 Jetta Hybrid uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine, a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission but also an electric motor. The total output delivered by the engine and electric motor is 170 horsepower, along with 184 pound-feet of torque.
Lago drove a Jetta Hybrid specially modified to run in the SCTA's H/PS class. As a result, the suspension was lowered, the car was fitted with special Salt Flat wheels and tires fitted and the interior was stripped and outfitted with full safety equipment, such as a rollcage, racing seat and harness, and a full fire suppression system. The total output delivered by the car is somewhere around 300 hp.
"We are really proud that our new Jetta Hybrid has taken the land speed record for its class," said Marc Trahan, Executive Vice President, Group Quality. "This was a fascinating project for our engineering team in Wolfsburg, who had to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate a lot of additional power in a very short period of time in order to take the record. The Jetta Hybrid LSR project shows both the sporty nature of our hybrid offering and the technical excellence of our engineers in Wolfsburg and the Test Center California."
Volkswagen’s new Jetta sports an entirely new design, which is most evident in its fully galvanized body. The new model is the largest and most athletic and independent among all VW Jettas. It is independent in a way that it does not share any more body components with the Golf, which is considered the world’s bestseller and to which the Jetta is technically related. Instead, it comes off as a safe, independent vehicle comparable to the Tiguan or Passat CC. The new Jetta also has more advanced pedestrian safety attributes as well as optimal occupant crash safety. Needless to say, Volkswagen has again introduced completely new standards of quality with the new Jetta.
In terms of dimensions, the new Jetta is 4.63 meters long, 1.78 meters wide, and 1.45 meters tall. The European version, meanwhile, has a length of 4.64 meters. These make the Volkswagen Jetta 8 cm longer than the older model. You will see that the interplay of the car’s exterior dimensions creates a powerful and strong ratio of proportions. Additionally, the use of Volkswagen’s new design DNA sharpens the Jetta’s style, resulting in muscular surfaces and clear and precise lines that give the saloon dynamic styling and an air of timeless elegance. Ultimately, the Jetta’s look makes a dominant styling statement about the carmaker positioning itself now in a higher vehicle class.
The coupe-like slope of the Jetta’s windshield as well as the car’s consistent application of horizontal lines defines the design of the front end. Additionally, the radiator grille in high-gloss black finish forms a stylistic unit along with its trapezoidal headlights. Meanwhile, the dual reflector headlights have been sectioned by a chrome masking blade into a bigger area together with the main and low beam lights and a lower yet narrow section with the indicator lights and the running lights. These masking blades guide the front end’s horizontal lines into the headlights. All of these contribute to the VW Jetta’s wider, more dynamic visual stance.
What’s more, in the low-beam light area, H7 Longlife halogen lamps are used. Also, the daytime running lights and parking lights, which are subjected to more loads, are designed with Super-Longlife or Longlife technology. Lastly, optimal tuning of the low-beam reflector’s size and mounting height creates great illumination of the roadway, but with priority on the driver's side.