Volkswagen Jetta sets class land speed record in Bonneville

A heavily modified 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has set a class record speed of 210.16mph (338.15km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Nevada.


That’s fast enough to set a new record in the Souther California Timing Association’s (DCTA) Blow Gas Coupe (G/BGC) class. The previous record was 208.472mph (335.5km/h).

The Bonneville Jetta has a heavily tuned version of VW’s EA888 2L turbo 4-cylinder gas engine with new connecting rods, pistons, valves, cams, turbo and exhaust, the engine made 600hp (447kW) at 8,500rpm on a dyno.

Developed and built by THR Manufacturing, the Bonneville Jetta has lowered suspension, a pair of parachutes, a limited slip differential, a stripped out interior modified for racing (roll cage, bucket seat, racing harness, fire extinguisher), and there are also special tires and wheels for the salt flats.



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Joshua Thompson

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News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.


Volkswagen Jetta sets class land speed record in Bonneville