Volkswagen America announced that it has prepared a purpose-built Jetta based on the 2019 model to attempt a new speed record at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.
To break the existing class record, it will have to exceeds speeds of 208.472 mph (335 km/h). The Bonneville Jetta, as its called, is powered by a modified version of Volkswagen’s EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injection four-cylinder engine.
The Bonneville Jetta previews the powertrain that will be used in the forthcoming Jetta GLI performance model. Volkswagen is hopeful that it can beat the existing class record, with the performance of the modified EA888 engine and the all-new Jetta’s low drag coefficient of just 0.27.
To run at high speed on the salt-laced surface, the Bonneville Jetta has undergone substantial modifications. Its suspension has been lowered, special Salt Flat wheels and tires have been fitted along with a limited-slip differential to aid traction.
The interior has been stripped and treated to a full range of safety equipment including a roll cage, a racing seat with harness and a fire extinguisher system. To help slow the car down from its top speed, the Bonneville Jetta will be utilising a pair of parachutes.
“We wish the team luck as they attempt to make this the fastest Jetta and the fastest production-based Volkswagen we’ve ever seen!”, said Director of Volkswagen Design Center California, Reto Brun.