VW Beetle Bonneville Salt Flats (2)

Το βλέπεις αυτό το κίτρινο Beetle και αμέσως καταλαβαίνεις πως είναι βελτιωμένο. Πόσο; θα σου πως φορά έναν 2,0-λιτρο TSI κινητήρα της οικογένειας EA888 που έχει αποκτήσει μεγαλύτερο turbo, νέα πιστόνια, μπιέλες, νέο καπάκι, νέους εκκεντροφόρους και  είναι σε θέσει να παράγει περισσότερα από 600 άλογα με 678 Nm ροπής στον στρόφαλο ή 550 άλογα με 571 Nm στους τροχούς.

Εξοπ0λίζεται με διαφορικό περιορισμένης ολίσθησης, χαμηλότερη ανάρτηση και ειδικές ζάντες και ελαστικά για να μπορεί να τρέξει στο αλάτι. Το συγκεκριμένο έτρεξε πρόσφατα στις αλυκές του Bonneville όπου κατάφερε και έπιασε ταχύτητα 328 χλμ/ώρα. Έτσι έγινε το ταχύτερο Beetle του κόσμου, ενώ για το φρενάρισμά του, εκτός από τα φρένα του, αναλαμβάνει ρόλο και ένα αλεξίπτωτο.

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328 km/h! – the world’s fastest Beetle

Wolfsburg, 19 September 2016

  • New speed record for specially prepared Beetle LSR with 550 PS
  • Top performance at the annual World of Speed event on the Great Salt Lake in Bonneville, Utah (USA)

A specially-tuned Volkswagen Beetle has set a new speed record at the World of Speed event that has long been a tradition at Lake Bonneville in Utah (USA). The Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) with a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection engine (TSI) drove the fastest speed ever documented for a Beetle, reaching 328.195 km/h (205.122 mph) over a distance of one mile.

In order to reach top speeds well over 300 km/h, many aspects of the Beetle LSR were reworked, and the car was modified to conform to regulations for record drives on salt flats. The output of the 2.0-litre TSI was boosted to a peak power of 550 PS (by changes that included a new turbocharger, different pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder head modifications). The record-setting vehicle also stands out with an impressive torque of 571 Newton metres.

To perform well under extreme conditions, the Beetle was equipped with special wheels and tyres for driving on salt, and the body was lowered significantly. A limited-slip differential was also used to improve traction, while a safety package provided for the necessary protection; it consisted of a rollover protection cage, a race seat with five-point harness and a fire extinguishing system. In addition, the record-setting car had two brake parachutes that were also used to slow down the Beetle.

The performance was officially recorded at the driving record event sponsored by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA), which is held every year in mid-summer.