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Volkswagen's Jetta hybrid sets production car land speed record

GasBuddy Blog -- If you're concerned that hybrid vehicles may not give you maximum acceleration when you need it, this item may put that notion to rest...

At the Bonneville Salt Flats, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid LSR returned October 5th to break the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) H/PS land speed record. The class is for production cars with engines of less than 1.5 liters that use forced induction.

Motor Trend's Road Test Editor Carlos Lago averaged 186.313 mph over two runs during the SCTA’s World Finals event, eclipsing the previous record by 18.8 mph. In the course of making his second run, Lago averaged 187.147 mph for the last mile, beating the magical 300 km/h mark. This is also the fastest run recorded by a hybrid...


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Sparky19038
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@Lobsters11

Never confuse NEEDS with WANTS ;-)
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 11:22:22 PM

go VW!!
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Lobster, good question. Can't drive on the roads that fast lol.
Lobsters11
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 12:01:44 PM

who needs to go that fast anyway
honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 11:02:09 PM

VW clearly is showing it can be done.
remay
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 6:32:27 AM

So what? Just give me good reliability, excellent MPG. Don't OVERCHARGE me for some other irrelevant feat..
melvindale
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 8:35:43 PM

Cool.

Why is it that some people seem to think that all news posted here is old. How old do they mean? Do they mean they read it yesterday someplace else? If so, then exactly. That is how it works when things are re-posted. Then when the source is a monthly magazine like Motor Trend, it has the possibility of being 5 weeks old.... How old?
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 1:53:33 PM

yea! but old...
red82mtu
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 1:48:13 PM

Wow that is intense.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:53:34 PM

insane
radiorumor
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:53:08 PM

Forced induction…got to remember that
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:51:17 PM

“The suspension was lowered, special Salt Flat wheels and tires fitted, and the interior was stripped and outfitted with full safety equipment”

“modified by Volkswagen R&D . . . to make the kind of horsepower needed . . . somewhere around 300 hp.”

So this is a “production car”, just like you an I can buy, except with different wheels, different tires, different suspension, a stripped interior and nearly twice the horsepower.

Remarkable

Article - *** out of 5
also yesterdays news

[Edited by: geezrtek at 10/18/2012 1:52:41 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:49:06 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:48:56 PM

If this was from Wednesday where did the post go? Thought I commented here yesterday.
hdeecee
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:36:31 PM

Does the diesel rattle get worse at that speed?
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:35:33 PM

Well, every VW I've owned except a 04 Mexican made Jetta was very dependable and I'd buy again so if the price is right.....
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:31:19 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:30:11 PM

187mph, boy do they use good rubber bands & them mice sure do run fast
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:29:38 PM

So why didn't they use a diesel TDI engine
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:27:18 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:26:57 PM

Hmm. Wonder what kind of mpg it got on that run?
CAD69
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:26:55 PM

How long does it take to get to 186 MPH?
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:26:00 PM

I had a hybrid once...but that was a puppy!
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:25:39 PM

Don't care, will never own one...
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:24:28 PM

OLD NEWS!
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:24:13 PM

Good for V/W.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:23:56 PM

need mpg. not mph.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:21:44 PM

Yeah!!
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:21:11 PM

ok
defense
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:20:44 PM

whatever
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:19:08 PM

What does it really prove other than to show that the VW engineers can warp the hybrid to almost double its normal hp to achieve the Salt Flats speeds.
srchr
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:18:29 PM

as long as you've got electricity, electric motors are very powerful
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:17:27 PM

yes you can, just don't get caught!!
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:17:18 PM

Faster but still needs to be cheaper.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:16:12 PM

Can we drive that fast on the freeway?
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:16:08 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:14:48 PM

Still high priced junk
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nice
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:11:56 PM

That will blow your hairdo.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:10:53 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:04:27 PM

'good news...
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:03:41 PM

awesome
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:03:17 PM

Big Deal where is the consumer ever going to be able to drive it that fast
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:00:32 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:57:56 AM

would be a heck of a speeding ticket
dockm89
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:56:26 AM

Wrong company I know but still....zoom zoom!
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:54:50 AM

That's what they were doing out there a couple of weeks ago.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:54:17 AM

.
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wow
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:50:12 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:48:01 AM

Another repeat.
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