How Fast Can A Volkswagen Beetle LSR Go?


That all depends on the modifications, but when the car has the acronym LSR in the title - fast is the only outcome.

Speed obsession is great, it leads to some interesting cars with even more interesting motor setups. When you find a car with LSR in the title, it usually means it's a Land Speed Record car, just like with this VW Beetle LSR. It was created by THR Manufacturing for VWoA to play on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, the goal being the fastest possible speed over a measured mile. So, how much faster than it's 130 mph top speed did it manage?

A lot faster! The stock motor makes 210 hp with 207 lb-ft and can hit 60 in a decent 6.6 seconds and has a top speed limited to 130 mph. This version saw the 4-cylinder EA888 TSI modified with a new turbocharger, forged pistons & rods, bigger profile camshafts and some trick head work to raise that power output to 543 hp with 421 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. To cope with the flats, it was fitted with a limited slip diff, lower suspension and special wheels and tires made for the conditions of the salt flats. A pair of parachutes was added to slow the fast Bug down after the run and the insides were stripped and race-prepped, as you'd expect.


At the hands of driver Preston Lerner, the VW Beetle LSR became the fastest Beetle to feature in the record books. Over the distance of one mile, the Beetle LSR clocked in with a massive 205.122 mph at the 2016 World of Speed event. "We had enough power to go even faster if the salt hadn't been so sketchy," said Preston. "But seeing 208 miles per hour briefly on the digital readout was an experience I'll never forget."We now expect to see more of the car at other events, because using a car for a single event is a waste. Well done VWoA!


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