Skoda tops 200mph

The fastest ever Skoda has broken the 200mph barrier as the Czech motor maker celebrates 10 years of its vRS performance brand at the Bonneville Speed Week, held on the salt flats of Utah.

The 500bhp Octavia vRS managed 195.69mph on its first run of the day before achieving 202.15mph on its sixth official run. The 200mph-plus run came four days ahead of schedule, and with the record now in the bag, the Skoda team will concentrate on the 2.0-litre production car record, which currently stands at 216mph.

Robert Hazelwood, director for Skoda UK, said: 'Months of rigorous planning, testing and preparation have all been worthwhile. At 13:24 on Monday August 15 we took our Octavia vRS past the 200mph barrier. The entire team has done an outstanding job. Our special thanks go to (driver) Richard (Meaden) on an incredible drive.

'This marks another exciting milestone in the brand's motorsport achievements and is a great way to celebrate 10 years of the vRS range and commemorate 110 years of Skoda's participation in motorsport.'

The special vehicle produced for the Bonneville Speed Week is a brand new Octavia vRS with changes to improve performance and aerodynamics. For example, it is 80mm lower than the standard Octavia vVRS, and contains a new sub-frame with a race-spec intercooler for the turbocharged engine. The racer also fuulfills stringent Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) safety regulations, with a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage included.

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