A ŠKODA is now the fastest production car in the world, sporting a charged engine with a 2-litre displacement
At 365kph (227.07mph), the Octavia vRS Bonneville Special model achieved the new record in the course of high-speed drives in the American salt desert at Bonneville in the US state of Utah.
Only a few days after the vehicle had exceeded the 200-mile speed threshold on the same track, the 600hp ŠKODA racer reached the new record on 19 August 2011. The occasion for the drives was the 10-year anniversary of the ŠKODA vRS models.
The previous speed record in the category “G/PS” had been 347kph (216mph) and dated back to the year 1998. After 13 years, the Czech brand has now been able to exceed this value by 18kph. The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) officially recognised the new record.
The car was driven by Briton Richard Meaden as part of the Bonneville Speed Week. Meaden was able to accelerate the Octavia a total of six times to more than 200mph on the 5km-long track.