A ŠKODA Octavia vRS officially became the fastest 2.0-litre supercharged production car in the world on Friday when the 600 bhp ‘salt spec’ racer registered a Southern California Timing Association sanctioned speed of 227.070 mph on Utah’s legendary Bonneville Salt Flat.
The modified production Octavia vRS hatch, prepared by Blakelands based Škoda UK and built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the vRS performance flagship badge, smashed the previous record for a 2.0-litre forced induction production car at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week, registering an impressive official record speed of 227.080 mph.
The previous record for what is known as the G/PS category was 216mph, set in August 1998.
Driven by journalist Richard Meaden, the Octavia had set impressive speeds throughout the week breaking the 200 mph barrier on six previous runs.
The Octavia’s record breaking runs consisted of two official runs of Bonneville’s famous five-mile course at 225.513 mph on Thursday, and a return run at 228.647 mph on Friday.
Robert Hazelwood, director for Škoda UK, said: “This is a truly stunning achievement. Our goal was to break 200mph as a celebration of 10 years of vRS, and we have achieved that, and significantly more.
“The success is a tribute to everyone who has worked so tirelessly and with such passion to make Škoda a world beater.”
The Milton Keynes based Škoda UK team behind the racer had spent the week leading up to Speed Week putting the car through a rigorous programme.
Daytime temperatures on the Bonneville Salt Flats typically exceed 40C (104F).