Jetta 1.4 hybrid tops 300km/h

2012-10-24 08:41

BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS - A record-smashing lap by a specially prepared VW Jetta has put the mid-range petrol-electric hybrid car on the list of speed machines.

The car at some point exceeded 300km/h but its overall average top speed of 299km/h at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US state of Utah, was 30km/h faster than the previous record set by a similar Jetta in August 2012.

The vehicle is powered by a 1.4-litre engine turning out 112kW mated to a 20kW electric motor, with combined output being 223kW.


The car used in Bonneville is a parallel hybrid, which means the electric motor and petrol engine can work together to drive the car rather than the engine acting solely as a generator to produce electric power.

For the salt-flats runs the standard Jetta was fitted with lowered suspension, low-profile tyres and underwent a number of aerodynamic modifications.

Marc Trahan, quality control chief with VW America,said: "This was a genuinely fascinating project which allowed our engineers to extract the maximum from the complex hybrid components in a short time in order to achieve this record."

The record-breaking car was driven by Carlos Lago, a tester with the US magazine Motor Trend.

Watch the video that shows the modifications done to the car to achieve the speed record:


  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-24 10:17

    Awesome...Nun, dass ein Auto das Warten lohnt sich ...

  • jurie.kock - 2012-10-24 10:35

    122kw + 20kw = 142kw... not 223kw.

      christo.crous - 2012-10-24 14:14

      Bad reporting as usual Jurie.. the 112kW mated to a 20kW is the standard 1.4TSI version details.. the record one has a 300hp (220.6kw)modified motor.. and it run an average speed of 187.147 mph (301.183km/h). Another day of News24 BEE reporting..

  • jurie.kock - 2012-10-24 10:36

    112kw + 20kw = 132kw and NOT 223kw... wishful thinking VW

      jurie.kock - 2012-10-24 10:50

      Oh and got to 300km`/h AFTER they transformed it into a "race" car, stripped everything, mapped for max power. So if this comes to the road will be MUCH slower... article is misleading..

      brak.jan - 2012-10-24 12:39

      my math gets also gets 132kw, typo maybe? The car has been heavily modified yes, but 300km/h is still very quick! I see the aerodynamic alterations, but no 'low-profile' tires, just very narrow tires. Probably for reduced rolling resistance. Wonder what the two silver strips across the roof is for?

      raath - 2012-10-25 11:49

      Standard = 170bhp (128kW) Tuned for this record = 300bph (223kW)

      raath - 2012-10-25 11:51

      @brak.jan the silver strips is for lateral stabilisation. Because the tyres are low resistance, they don't provide much lateral grip - and if you are going to go fast on a lake bed where there isn't much grip, and then you need to use airflow to ensure stability.

      brak.jan - 2012-10-25 13:24

      @raath - Thx, that must be it yes. You don't want any instability @ 300km/h!

      jurie.kock - 2012-10-25 13:52

      LOL 9 people know nothing about cars

      brak.jan - 2012-10-25 14:31

      @ jurie – Only a complete idiot will think that you can buy a 300km/h 1.4TSI Jetta at your local dealership, I don’t find the article misleading in any way. Be careful about ‘people’, some know more than you think……

      jurie.kock - 2012-10-26 08:55

      @brak.jan - You obviosly dont know much about stupid people... let me enlighten you: Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation. The probability that a certain person (will) be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses. Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake. A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

      raath - 2012-10-26 10:20

      Jurie's first name should have been Sakkie.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-24 12:19

    Actually did not break the 300km/h barrier. 185MPH is 297km/h

      christo.crous - 2012-10-24 14:16

      August it did 185..Oct it did 187.147..

      raath - 2012-10-25 11:47

      http://www.vwvortex.com/news/volkswagen-news/jetta-hybrid-sets-production-car-land-speed-record/ It did do 187.147mph on average on the last run.

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