A 493HP 2019 VW Jetta Wants To Break The Land Speed Record On Lake Bonneville

Volkswagen has set its sights on yet another record, this time with a tuned Jetta that’s going after the land speed record in the BCG/G class of the Southern California Timing Association.

Scheduled to take place between August 11 and 17 at Lake Bonneville, in Utah, USA, the event will see a specially upgraded Jetta attempt to reach speeds in excess of 208mph (335km/h).

Created by Volkswagen of America in cooperation with THR Manufacturing in Ventura, California, the car is based on the upcoming Jetta GLI and uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers more than 493hp (500PS / 368kW).

That’s a far cry from the stock model that will likely benefit from around 220hp (223PS / 166kW), or about the same as the US-spec Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Also Read: VW Decides, Once Again, That Seat Should Rival Alfa Romeo

The racing model, which is said to have “excellent aerodynamics”, with a Cd value of 0.27, is dressed in a special livery and has specific wheels shod with salt flat rubber made by Goodyear. It sits closer to the ground than the regular Jettas and welcomes a pair of parachutes at the back to help it stop quicker.

Inside, engineers installed a roll cage and a bucket seat with racing harness, while most of the dashboard and central console remains untouched.

If they will indeed succeed breaking the land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats, then this will be Volkswagen’s third important record set this year, after the runs at Pikes Peak and Goodwood.

more photos...
Fire Truck Rolls During School Demonstration While Making Sharp Turn

Five firefighters were onboard the vehicle when it rolled over and, although they were taken to the hospital, they were soon released.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Drives Through A Mall Causing Chaos And Destruction

The driver was taken into custody, but there’s no word on a motive.

Audi To Offer 30 Electrified Models By 2025, Including 20 EVs

Audi will also continue to develop conventional engines, but they’ll be mild-hybrid units.

AAA Says Owning A New Car Costs You Over $9,200 Per Year

The survey, which excluded high-end models, found out that the biggest ownership cost of a new car is depreciation, averaging over $3,300 a year.

Bugatti’s Second Model Slated To Be A High-Riding Four-Seater With Off-Road Capability

The upcoming crossover could cost around $1 million.

North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

The Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 and Toyota Supra will battle for the title of North American Car of the year.

Tesla Model S Breaks Down On The Nurburgring, Gets Passed By A Porsche Taycan

Tesla has suffered an embarrassing setback in their attempt to beat Porsche’s lap record.

Tesla Model 3 Aces IIHS Safety Tests, Nabs Top Safety Pick+ Award

After the Audi E-Tron, the Model 3 has become the second all-electric vehicle to be awarded the highest rating by the American safety institute.

Andy Wallace Says Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Was Still Accelerating At 304 MPH

According to the man behind the wheel, the Bugatti could have exceeded that speed if it had a longer stretch of tarmac ahead of it.

An Audi RS6 Pickup Would Be The Ultimate Business Up Front, Party At The Back Ute

An Audi Sport pickup with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and 591 hp would be great fun to drive.