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World’s Fastest Volkswagen Beetle hits 328km/h

A specially tuned, obviously, Volkswagen Beetle has just hit 328.195km/h at Lake Bonneville in Utah to become the world’s fastest VW Beetle.

THE VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE LSR (Land Speed Record) has set a new world speed record at the World of Speed at Lake Bonneville in Utah, hitting 328.195km/h. According to VW, this is the fastest ever recorded speed for a Beetle.

The modified Beetle ran a standard-ish 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine. And when I write standard-ish, I mean it had a new turbocharged, and different pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder heads to pump out 571Nm of torque.

“To perform well under extreme conditions, the Beetle was equipped with special wheels and tyres for driving on salt, and the body was lowered significantly. A limited-slip differential was also used to improve traction, while a safety package provided for the necessary protection; it consisted of a rollover protection cage, a race seat with five-point harness and a fire extinguishing system. In addition, the record-setting car had two brake parachutes that were also used to slow down the Beetle,” Volkswagen said.

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According to regulations, Volkswagen was only allowed to make a certain number of modifications for it still to qualify as a VW Beetle. All of the engine work was performed by THR Manufacturing in the US.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.