Thanks to a recorded speed run of 210.16 mph (338.15 km/h), the 2019 Bonneville Jetta officially broke the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) Blown Gas Coupe (G/BGC) class record, which previously stood at 208.47 mph (335.49 km/h).
Built by THR Manufacturing, the Bonneville Jetta’s accomplishment showcases what its EA888 engine can do when heavily modified. The car’s drag coefficient of just 0.27 also played a huge role.
Still, it was mostly the 2.0-liter TSI engine that put in the work, featuring new connecting rods, pistons, valves, camshafts, turbocharger and exhaust. On the dyno, the engine put down an output of 600 horsepower at 8,500 rpm.
“Achieving this speed at Bonneville is a demonstration of the quality, durability, power, and efficiency of the Volkswagen TSI engine series and the stability and aerodynamic efficiency of the all-new 2019 Jetta,” stated VW of America CEO, Hinrich J. Woebcken. “This record underlines the sporty credentials of our all-new Jetta and also gives a hint at the future of the GLI model, since this car uses a modified version of the GLI’s powerful EA888, 2.0-liter TSI engine.”
In order to make it all the way to its record-breaking speed, the Jetta’s suspension had to be lowered, while special Salt Flat wheels and tires were fitted. Furthermore, a limited-slip differential was added to aid traction and the interior was stripped and outfitted with full track safety equipment – like a roll cage, racing seat and harness, plus the mandatory fire suppression system.
Finally, a pair of parachutes were fitted to the back of the V-Dub in order to help it slow down.
“It was a terrific experience to drive this car on the salt,” said veteran Salt Flats racer Scott Goetz, who drove the Jetta. “The car inspired a lot of confidence at very high speeds. I have no doubt that we could go even faster by running some more boost, but we are very happy to have the record, knowing that there is more to come in the car if we need it.”