You may remember back in June Skoda announced they are going to take on Bonneville Salt Flats with a purpose-built Octavia vRS and hit 200 mph. Well, they’ve done it.
The car actually clocked 202.15 mph. There couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate the Octavia’s 10th anniversary.
This Octavia vRS was prepared by the brand’s UK technical team and was driven by journalist Richard Meaden. It had underwent a rigorous dyno programme with the assistance of performance software and tuning outfit specialist REVO Technik, and all four speed licenses required before heading to the magical 200 mph barrier. It achieved an impressive 195.69 mph on its first run of the day.
The team has now set themselves a new goal, to brake the 216 mph record for 2.0 liter production cars.
Although the car looks pretty much like the standard Octavia you can go and buy today, it is in fact 80mm lower and has a new sub-frame which houses a race prepared intercooler. The car is still powered by a production-standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, but it’s been fitted with a special Garret turbocharger which helps it develop over 500 BHP, and produce 30+ PSI of boost pressure. And it only drinks high-octane race fuel.
Robert Hazelwood, Director for ŠKODA UK, said: “Months of rigorous planning, testing and preparation have all been worthwhile. At 13:24 on Monday 15th August, we took our Octavia vRS past the 200 mph barrier. The entire team has done an outstanding job. Our special thanks go to Richard on an incredible drive.
“This marks another exciting milestone in the brand’s motorsport achievements and is a great way to celebrate 10 years of the vRS range and commemorate 110 years of ŠKODA’s participation in motorsport.”