Skoda Bonneville Speed Week posted on 09 June 2011
- Skoda to compete on legendary American salt flats to mark 10 years of vRS
- Specially built 600PS Octavia vRS aims to be the first 200mph Skoda
Simply Clever…..at more than 200mph! Škoda UK is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic vRS performance flagship badge by going landspeed record racing.
A one-off modified Octavia vRS saloon has been entered into the world famous Bonneville Speed Week in August (13-20). Its aim is to break the magic 200mph barrier and join the most exclusive club in motoring.
The brand’s UK technical team at Milton Keynes has been working in secret on the vehicle for several months, with the assistance of performance software and tuning outfit REVO Technik.
The car is a factory-fresh production Octavia vRS, but some changes have been made to improve aerodynamics and performance. That includes lowering it to run almost 80mm closer to the ground and a new sub-frame which houses a race prepared intercooler.
It retains its production-standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine but the standard turbo has been replaced with a more advanced unit from respected component firm Garret. Generating up to 600PS, and producing 26-28 PSI of boost pressure, it drinks high-octane race fuel (with water methanol mix)rather than unleaded petrol.
The unique racer has been built to stringent Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) safety regulations, which means a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.
Since its launch in 2001, vRS has captured the hearts of UK motorists who enjoy the thrill of sports car driving. Since then, the UK has become Škoda’slargest market for the Octavia and Fabia vRS with more than 12,000 cars sold since launch.
Robert Hazelwood, Director for Škoda UK, said: “The 10-year relationship between the UK and the vRS badge has been extremely successful. This is a landmark anniversary and going to Bonneville is a fitting tribute. It’s also an ambitious project which might surprise a few people, but Škoda is all about engineering excellence and this car is pushing that to new limits.”
The vRS is entered into the ‘2.0-litre production car’ category and will race over a nine-mile straight, which includes a timed mile in the middle. Performance through that section determines the class winner.
The legendary Bonneville Salt Flats begin 90 miles west of Salt Lake City and cover around 50 square miles of north-western Utah. It has been the spiritual home to high-speed racing for almost a century and each August a variety of hot rods, roadsters, belly tankers, lakesters, motorcycles, streamliners and diesel trucks compete in Speed Week.
For a full comparison between the standard Octavia vRS and the Bonneville car, please see the specification sheet below.
Škoda vRS models are designed to ignite the passion and thrill of sports car driving. They offer additional emotional involvement and an extra level of dynamic appeal, and stand out from the crowd thanks to their subtle but distinctive exterior features. These include aggressive bumpers, rear spoiler, bespoke alloy wheels and chromed exhaust tips. Inside, the attention to detail continues with fresh upholstery, unique badging and smart dashboard inserts.
|Škoda Octavia vRS (Bonneville Special)||Škoda Octavia vRS (Standard production car)|
|Max speed – mph (km/h)||200+ (322+)||149 (240)|
|Acceleration 0–62mph||TBC||7.2 secs|
|Max. performance (PS)||550-600||200|
|Max. torque (Nm/rpm)||450/6,000-7,700 rpm||280/1,700-5,000|
|Fuel consumption mpg (l/100km)||TBC||36.7 (7.7) combined|
|CO 2 emissions g/km||TBC||180|
|Valves per cylinder||4||4|
|Fuel injection type||Direct fuel injection||Direct fuel injection|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||82.5 x 92.8||82.5 x 92.8|
|Turbo||Garret G05 65mm twin blade billet cut compressor wheel with ported intake housing & TIAL exhaust housing with 40mm external waste gate and 55mm blow-off valve||Stock Škoda IHI turbo with internal recirculation valve mounted on cast exhaust manifold|
|Boost pressure||26-28 psi||18-20 psi|
|Fuel type||120 RON high octane race control fuel with water methanol injection||95 RON unleaded petrol|
|Engine management software||Stock Škoda engine control unit with REVO Technik software AIM data logging||Stock Škoda engine control unit|
|Clutch||Hydraulically- activated single plate four-pad sintered clutch with single mass flywheel||Hydraulically-activated single-plate dry clutch with diaphragm spring, asbestos-free coating|
|Manual transmission||Six-speed Octavia GreenLine II manual transmission,fully synchronised with direct gearshift and GripperDiff Limited Slip Differential||Six-speed manual transmission|
|Front axle/rear axle||MacPherson axle with independent multi-link suspension||MacPherson axle with the bottom triangular control arms and independent multi-link suspension with one longitudinal and two cross arms and torsion stabiliser|
|Suspension||K&W coilovers two-way adjustable with anti-roll bar removed. Ride height of 50mm (subframe from floor).||Coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, rear springs located outside the shock absorbers (gas shock absorbers in rear)|
|Front brakes||Škoda Octavia GreenLine front discs and calipers for reduced drag||Disc brakes, with hollow discs, internal cooling and single-piston floating calliper|
|Rear brakes||None||Disc brakes with full discs and single-piston floating callipers|
|Measurements and Weights|
|Kerb weight (kg)||1,450||1,395|
|Total weight (kg)||2,000||1,950|
|Ground clearance (mm)||50||128|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheel type||Škoda GreenLine 15” steel wheels||18” Neptune alloys|
|Tyre type||Goodyear Eagle Land Speed Tyres||7.5J x 18” 225/40 R18 92Y|