Side View of Blue and White 2019 VW Bonneville Jetta

VW Created a Custom 2019 Jetta for a Speed Record Attempt at Bonneville Speed Week

2019 VW Jetta Speed Record Attempt at Bonneville Speed Week

With its responsive handling and quick acceleration, the all-new 2019 VW Jetta delivers a high level of performance that one typically doesn’t expect for the compact sedan segment. Volkswagen is setting its sights even higher for the Jetta, for the German automaker created a custom 2019 Jetta that will race in the upcoming Bonneville Speed Week in Utah for an attempt to set a new speed record for the Southern California Timing Association’s BGC/G class.

Powerful Engine in Bonneville Jetta

The Bonneville Jetta, which is a collaboration between Volkswagen and technicians at THR Manufacturing in Ventura, California, features the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that will be utilized in the high-performance 2019 Jetta GLI. The Bonneville Jetta also has an aerodynamic profile, which cuts through the air with a drag coefficient of only 0.27.

Rear View of Blue and White 2019 VW Bonneville Jetta
Cockpit of 2019 VW Bonneville Jetta

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Special Modifications for Bonneville Jetta

The technicians at THR Manufacturing made several special modifications to the 2019 Jetta to help boost its speed in the unique salt terrain of the Bonneville Salt Flats. This includes equipping it with special Salt Flat wheels, lowering the suspension, and installing a limited-slip differential to maximize traction. To reduce weight, much of the interior was stripped of its original components. To help enhance safety, the Bonneville Jetta has a racing seat, harness, roll cage, and fire suppression system. Also, to help slow down the Bonneville Jetta more quickly after reaching such a high speed, a pair of parachutes were installed.

When will the 2019 VW Jetta attempt the Bonneville speed record?

The custom 2019 VW Jetta will attempt the speed record during Bonneville Speed Week, which is held from August 11-17, 2018. The existing class record is 208.472 mph.

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