2013 Jetta Hybrid Sets World Speed Record
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid recorded the fastest speed ever achieved by a hybrid car on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, reaching 185.394 mph (298.363 km/h).
The 2013 Jetta Hybrid car was driven by Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago during the SCTA’s (Southern California Timing Association) annual Speed Week.
The Jetta Hybrid that Lago drove was specially modified to meet SCTA regulations. To add the kind of horsepower needed to reach more than 185 mph, the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany. And since the Jetta Hybrid is designed to run on asphalt instead of salt, various safety mods were handled by A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering in Camarillo, California.
Previous land speed record for hybrid vehicles was set in April by a Volvo hybrid truck in the flying kilometer - 147 mph (236.5 km/h).
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid will be available in the States later this year. It marries a 150-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric motor that adds an extra 27 horsepower.
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