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Fastest VW Jetta Hybrid 2013

The Fastest 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid in the World.

Published September 8, 2012

In today’s article we’re going to review how, and what it took to make a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid to go 185mph. Volkswagen, Motor Trend, and Carlos Lago teamed up to find out how hard would it be to make the Jetta Hybrid go really, really fast.

To begin, Motor Trend sought out a brand new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, (which technically still VW Jetta Hybrid 2013isn’t in full production yet) and took it over to EFI West to see what needed to be done to accomplish the goal at hand. The Jetta was procured 2 months before the opening of Speed Week, which is held at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and this was the first issue that needed to be dealt with. With that said any and all work would need to be completed within a seven(7) week time frame. Can anyone say, “Pressure”? Once at EFI West the Jetta was stripped of all of it’s creature comforts, and then the fab work began. All of the paneling, seats, roof lining, sound deadening materials, and even the battery were taken out to optimize the weight distribution of the car.

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is equipped with a hybrid system like most other hybrids on the market. The only difference is that the Jetta engine comes already turbo-charged, and with that in mind 2013 Jetta Hybridmaking the power wouldn’t be as hard to create as they thought it would be. So the 150hp gas motor would now produce 300hp, provided by a bigger turbo, combine that with a Volkswagen “tweaked” battery pack the Hybrid Jetta was good to go. After the engine work was completed, all of the safety equipment was put in. Roll bars, all aluminum driver seat, quick release steering wheel, fire suppression system, and engine cut-off were all of the mandatory safety items that were needed to be installed before the car could even touch the salt flats.

Once they arrived at the flats, Carlos was subjected to a rigorous battery of tests, that would essentially help save his life, in the event of something going wrong. Test, after test, and simulations were had before the team got the OK from the Bonneville officials to go ahead and make their first run. The overall feel of the action around the team, and Carlos was that of automotive bliss. Loud, and raspy small block engines, roaring jet powered vehicles, and then there was the Jetta. When the time came to go to the line, the Jetta took off silently, due to using the electric motor at the start, and then the gas motor kicked in a 10mph. As the Jetta began to push through the gears, the salt flats were becoming a blur, with only the mile markers providing a small break in the all white color palette. Three runs in, and the engine was making a weird sound the and the run was shut down, and the Jetta was pulled back into the pit area. 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid Salt FlatsTinkering took place through some of the night, and a programming issue was the culprit. Apparently the CPU was telling the waste gate of the turbo to open prematurely, causing a sever loss in power. The next day the team completed another great run, which resulted in a 185mph run. Thus making the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid the fastest hybrid in the world. (Non-production Class)

After wrapping everything up, Carlos made sure that when the Jetta goes into full production, and is then sold in October 2012, that EFI West, Volkswagen, Motor Trend, & himself will definitely come back next year and set the record for Fastest Hybrid- Production Class. For everyone this was a great milestone, and tons of fun to participate in. Will they do it again? Hell Yeah! Wait until next year’s Speed Week, and they’re going for 200mph! It’s going to happen, just wait and see.  


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Calvin Escobar
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