Arguably Volkswagen’s most iconic creation – the Beetle, has recently surpassed its own land speed record.
Earlier this month, on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, the yellow racer made two passes of the flying mile clocking up an average speed of 205.122 mph. This smashed the previous Beetle record of 175 mph that was set almost 30 years ago in 1988.
The bright yellow speedster was powered by a modified production-based 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers and other specifications that boosted its power from 210 hp to 543 hp. It’s had slight alterations made to its bodywork with a wing being added. The Beetle rides on Goodyear Eagle land speed tyres on special wheels.
Beetle owners contemplating their own world record attempt, will be disappointed to discover that the highest performance offering – the R-Line, has an electronically capped top speed of 130 mph.