The Skoda Octavia vRS has achieved over 200mph during Bonneville Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The 500bhp Skoda Octavia vRS 'salt spec' was built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the vRS performance badge, and beat the 200mph barrier four days ahead of schedule, and has become the fastest Skoda ever.
On the first run of the day, the Skoda Octavia vRS reached 195.69mph, achieving 202.15mph on the car's sixth official outing.
Skoda's UK technical team prepared the Skoda Octavia vRS in Milton Keynes, which then arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah for the event. The car received a rigorous dyno programme with the assistance of performance software and tuning outfit specialist REVO Technik.
Richard Meaden drove the Skoda Octavia vRS ton 15th August 2011 reaching 191mph, obtaining all four speed licenses required before aiming for the 200mph barrier.
Robert Hazelwood, Director for Skoda 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 Skoda's participation in motorsport."
During the four remaining days, the team will now focus on beating the 2.0 litre production car record of 216mph.
The Skoda Octavia vRS used is a factory-built model, with some alterations made in order to improve aerodynamics and performance, including a lower ride height, almost 80mm closer to the ground and a new subframe housing a race prepared intercooler.
The standard 2.0 litre four cylinder TSI petrol engine remains, with the turbo being replaced for a larger unit from component firm Garrett. The Skoda Octavia vRS 'Bonneville Special' now generates more than 500BHP and over 30 PSI of boost pressure and is fuelled using high octane race fuel rather than unleaded petrol.
The car meets the Southern California Timing association safety regulations, to include a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.
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