Skoda breaks 200mph barrier at the Bonneville Speed Week
Skoda jokers should be silenced forever, with the news that yesterday, a Skoda Octavia vRS propelled itself to an impressive 202.15 mph at 'Speed Week' at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic vRS performance flagship badge and commemorate 110 years of Skoda's participation in motorsport, this one-off Octavia vRS saloon is powered by a modified version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine producing 591bhp.
The Octavia runs 26-28 PSI of boost pressure, drinks high-octane race fuel (with water methanol mix) rather than unleaded petrol and has been built to stringent Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) safety regulations, which means a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.
Next stop for the team is the 2.0-litre class record of 216 mph. We'll bring you more news on this record attempt on Autoblog UK, when we have it.