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600hp Skoda Aiming for 200mph at Bonneville - Web Exclusive

A 600hp Octavia vRS built with the intention to be the first 200mph Skoda,

Jun 9, 2011

Skoda is intending to compete on the legendary Bonneville salt flats (August 13-20) in Utah to mark 10 years of its vRS model.

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It will be using a specially-built 600hp Octavia vRS with the intention to be the first 200mph Skoda, allowing it to join the most exclusive club in motoring.

The project is under the direction of the UK technical team in Milton Keynes, which has been working in secret on the vehicle for several months, with the assistance of performance software and tuning outfit Revo Technik.

The car is a production Octavia vRS, but some changes have been made to improve aerodynamics and performance. That includes lowering it almost 80mm and a new subframe to houses a larger intercooler. It retains its production 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine, but the turbo has been replaced with a larger Garrett unit. Running at 26-28psi boost pressure, the engine generates up to 600hp on high-octane race fuel (with water/methanol injection).

The unique racer has been built to stringent Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) safety regulations, including a rollcage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.

With the UK being Skoda's largest market, the Octavia and Fabia vRS have accounted for more than 12000 cars since their launch ten years ago. Robert Hazelwood, Director for Skoda UK, said: "The 10-year relationship between the UK and the vRS badge has been extremely successful. This is a landmark anniversary and going to Bonneville is a fitting tribute. It's also an ambitious project that might surprise a few people, but Skoda is all about engineering excellence and this car is pushing it to new limits."

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The vRS is entered into the '2.0-liter production car' category and will race over a 9-mile course, which includes a timed mile in the middle. Performance through that section determines the class winner.

Octavia vRS vs Bonneville vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS (Bonneville Special)Skoda Octavia vRS (stock)
Max speed - mph200+ 149
Acceleration 0-62mphTBC7.2 sec
Max. performance (hp)550-600200
Max. torque (lb-ft/rpm)330/6000-7700206/1700-5000
Fuel consumption mpgTBC30.5 US combined
CO2 emissions g/kmTBC180
Engine typeTSITSI
Valves per cylinder44
Fuel injection typeDirect fuel injectionDirect fuel injection
Cubic capacity19841984
Bore x stroke (mm)82.5x92.882.5x92.8
Compression ratio9.6:19.6:1
TurboGarret G05 65mm twin-blade billet-cut compressor wheel with ported intake housing & Tial exhaust housing with 40mm external wastegate and 55mm BOVSkoda IHI turbo with internal recirculation valve mounted on cast exhaust manifold
Boost pressure (psi)26-28 18-20
Fuel type120 RON high-octane race fuel with water/methanol injection95 RON unleaded
Engine management softwareSkoda ECU with Revo Technik software and AIM dataloggingSkoda ECU
ClutchHydraulically-activated single-plate four-pad sintered clutch with single-mass flywheelHydraulically-activated single-plate dry clutch with diaphragm spring, asbestos-free coating
TransmissionSix-speed manual Octavia GreenLine II, fully synchronised with direct gearshift and GripperDiff LSDSix-speed manual
Front/rear axleMacPherson axle with independent multi-link rear suspensionMacPherson axle with the bottom triangular control arms and independent multi-link suspension with one longitudinal and two cross arms and torsion stabilizer
SuspensionK&W coilovers two-way adjustable with anti-roll bar removed. 50mm ride height (subframe from floor).Coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, rear springs located outside the shock absorbers (gas shocks in rear)
Front brakesSkoda Octavia GreenLine front discs and calipers for reduced dragDisc brakes, with hollow discs, internal cooling and single-piston floating calliper
Rear brakesNoneDisc brakes with full discs and single-piston floating callipers
Kerb weight (lb)31903069
Total weight (lb)44001,4290
Ground clearance (mm)50128
Wheel typeSkoda GreenLine 15" steel18x7.5" Neptune
Tire typeGoodyear Eagle Land Speed225/40 R18



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