At the Bonneville speed week on the salt flats in Salt Lake City, Utah, speed is king. And a mildly modified Octavia vRS has claimed its crown as the fastest Skoda ever - by hitting a top speed of over 200mph. Behind the wheel of the record-setting saloon was intrepid journalist Richard Meaden, from our sister magazine EVO.
Dubbed the 'vRS Bonneville Special' the 500bhp machine achieved 195.69mph on its first run of the day, but on only its sixth official outing it clocked the 202.15mph time. According to Skoda, the team is now focusing its efforts on toppling the '2.0-litre production car' record of 216mph.
Considering the standard 197bhp vRS hits terminal velocity at 149mph, clearly some modifications were needed. Starting with a factory-fresh vRS, the ride height was lowered by 80mm and a new sub-frame attached to house a race-prepared intercooler.
Under the bonnet, the production standard 2.0-litre TSI engine was fitted with a much larger Gareett turbocharger, producing over 30 PSI of boost pressure, while standard unleaded was shunned in favour of hgh-octane race fuel. A reinforced roll cage, parachute and fire extinguishers ensured the attempt was as safe as possible.