The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is the world's fastest hybrid car after a production-based model was clocked going at 298kph at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the Southern California Timing Association's annual Speed Week.
"Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class," said Jonathan Browning, president and chief executive of VW Group of America. "As well as being expected to achieve a combined fuel economy of 45mpg (19.132km/L), the Jetta Turbo Hybrid also retains the fun-to-drive nature you expect from a Volkswagen in a segment dominated by less exciting vehicles."
The record-breaking Jetta Hybrid was specially modified to run according to SCTA rules. Powering the car is a 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 150hp and an electric motor that provides an additional 27hp through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. To achieve the kind of horsepower needed to run at 298kph at Bonneville, the Jetta Hybrid's powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany, while the implementation and final calibration of the drivetrain was supported by the engineers from Volkswagen Test Center California.
"We are really proud that our new Jetta Hybrid is the world's fastest hybrid," said Marc Trahan, VW Group of America's executive vice president for group quality. "It was a real challenge to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate the power needed to run at these speeds. The Jetta Hybrid Land Speed Record project shows both the sporty nature of our hybrid offering and the technical excellence of our engineers in Wolfsburg and in Test Center California."