VICTORIA SUPPORTS WORLD'S FASTEST VW
12, 2002, Victoria Australia -
to the 1995 debut of a mighty fast 11.00-second naturally aspirated road
registered VW Beetle, New South Welshman owner Rod Penrose couldn�t have �
in his wildest dreams � known that in seven years he would own the world�s
fastest tintop VW powered sedan.
�97 I hooked up with HPC, the boys inspiring me to bolt a turbocharger to the
Beetle�s 2.4 litre engine, and I immediately ran a 10.1 @ 136mph,� Rod
enthused. A few months later and the number had tumbled to a brilliant 9.65 @
145mph. That from what was ostensibly a road registrable VW sedan!
achieved as much as was deemed possible in a road car, Rod set about building a
race car to the American A/Sedan rules that state a vehicle must run a VW style
engine, it has to maintain the stock wheelbase and a steel body. The record sat
at a stout 9.33 seconds and 150 mph.
Rod, with the assistance of HPC; the Victorian high performance coating company
applying their expertise to the turbocharger, exhaust system, waste gates and
inlet manifold � set about building a light weight VW powered by a 2810cc
the three-year build, and in addition to many of the so-called traditional
components, Rod employed a number of homegrown ideas that would best accommodate
a locally configured T72 Turbologic turbocharger, and induction system. Power is
delivered through a beefed Volkswagen four speed transaxle sporting a 4.57:1
alloy spool to 28 x 9 x 15� Mickey Thompson slicks. The vehicle tips the
scales at a race weight of 1745 pounds.
finished in time for a 1/8th mile bash at the Easter 2001 Jamboree,
it wasn�t until November of the same year that Rod had the opportunity to
complete a full-power �-mile run. And what a run it was! He literally blew the
world record to smithereens with an incredible 8.96 @ 155.89 mph, launching out
of the hole with the front wheels riding the air all the way through first gear.
Second gear came in 1.36 seconds, third was pulled at 3.19 seconds and top gear
in just 4.49 seconds, with each data-logged shift taking just 11/100ths of a
second! In the process, the VW achieved the 0-100kmh run in an incredible 1.92
seconds on its way to 200kmh in just 5.4 seconds!
stunning performance has blown Rod and sponsors, HPC, away. �It really came
quite easily as I had something in reserve. Now I�m looking to increase the
boost and fit a new OzNoz nitrous kit. I reckon the nitrous will really kick
how fast the VW will go is anybody�s guess, however one thing is for sure, it
already is and will surely maintain its world record performances.
of the success can be attributed to the assistance of HPC. By coating specific
parts, heat is contained and airflow improved, resulting in greater power levels
and improved reliability.