The car has been recorded as being the fastest production hybrid car ever, hitting speeds of 185.395 miles per hour. The speed trail took place at Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Nevada. This was considered the highlight of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) annual speed week.
The CEO of Volkswagen America, Jonathon Browning has spoken of what a fantastic achievement the world record really is. He claims that the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid will really stand out for when the target market are out shopping for cars.
With the car achieving such an amazing high speed, there can be no fears that the car does not produce a great performance. The worry with many hybrid car customers is that the vehicle will be economical but will not achieve great power. This new world record puts that theory to bed.
The car is said to reach a combined fuel economy of 45 MPG. That is a seriously impressive figure. The 1.4 litre turbocharged four cylinder direct injection TSI petrol engine is able to generate 150 BHP. The seven speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission gearbox combines superbly with the electric motor which is able to produce 27 BHP itself.
The model that achieved the world record was slightly modified by Volkswagen.
Marc Trahan, the Executive Vice President of Volkswagen Group quality said “We are really proud that our new Jetta Hybrid is the world’s fastest hybrid. It was a real challenge to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate the power needed to run at these speeds. The Jetta Hybrid Land Speed Record project shows both the sporty nature of our Hybrid offering and the technical excellence of our engineers in Wolfsburg and in the Test Center California.”
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is a major part of the next phase of Volkswagen’s ThinkBlue campaign. This encourages driving that is more friendly towards the environment. A great deal fuel can also be saved if the ThinkBlue campaign is followed. Road safety is also promoted through the worldwide campaign.