Friday, 25 November 2011

Bonneville Octavia

As speed record-breakers go, a hefty four-door Skoda saloon might not be the first car that springs to your mind. But make no mistake, this is a formidable machine...
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Skoda's vRS sporting sub-brand, the firm developed this special Octavia with the express purpose of beating the record for a 2.0-litre forced induction production car at Bonneville Speed Week. Much of the engine is impressively stock, although it is boosted by a spectacular turbo that's as big as your face; the gearbox from an Octavia Greenline provides longer legs for high speed action. Moon discs and parachutes complete the salt racer package, while the interior consists of little more than a hefty rollcage and a tremendously serious seat and fire extinguisher system.
The previous record, held by a Mitsubishi Galant, was 216mph. You'll be pleased (and no doubt unsurprised) to learn that, with Evo's Dickie Meaden behind the wheel, the Bonneville Octavia achieved an official record speed of 227.080mph on the salt. And that's a hell of a feat for a family saloon.

SuckSqueezeBangBlow snapped the vRS at Top Gear Live at the ExCel.

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