By Stewart Smith on 2016-09-21 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
VW Beetle hits
record speed in USA
A SPECIALLY-tuned Volkswagen Beetle has set a new speed record at the World of Speed event at Lake Bonneville in Utah in the USA.
In order to reach top speeds of well over the 200mph mark many aspects of the Beetle LSR were reworked, and the car was modified to conform to regulations for record drives on salt flats.
The output of the 2.0-litre TSI was boosted to a peak power of 550bhp by changes that included a new turbocharger, different pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder head modifications).
The record-setting vehicle also stands out with animpressive torque peak of 571Nm.
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 used to slow down the Beetle.
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