Skoda Octavia vRS Bonneville Special

June 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

vRS to Skoda is like AMG to Mercedes, a sort of in-house performance arm. They’ve just turned ten, and in order to mark the event, the Czech company has come up with this, a specially-prepared Octavia vRS that is ought to set a 200 mp speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in America later this year.

The car is a factory-fresh production Octavia vRS, but some changes have been made to improve aerodynamics and performance. That includes lowering it to run almost 80mm closer to the ground and a new sub-frame which houses a race prepared intercooler. It retains its production-standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine but the standard turbo has been replaced with a more advanced unit from respected component firm Garret. The car generates 600 PS on racing fuel.

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Other necessary changes made to the standard Octavia for the task include a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage. The vRS is entered into the ‘2.0-litre production car’ category and will race over a nine-mile straight, which includes a timed mile in the middle. Performance through that section determines the class winner.

The legendary Bonneville Salt Flats begin 90 miles west of Salt Lake City and cover around 50 square miles of north-western Utah. It has been the spiritual home to high-speed racing for almost a century and each August a variety of hot rods, roadsters, belly tankers, lakesters, motorcycles, streamliners and diesel trucks compete in Speed Week.