Tuesday, 20 September 2016
VW achieves 550 PS from 2-litre TSI engine
To achieve speeds of over 300 km/h many aspects of the Beetle LSR were reworked, and the car was modified to conform to regulations for record drives on salt flats.
The 2-litre TSI was boosted to a peak power of 550 PS (by changes that included a new turbocharger, different pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder head modifications). The engine achieved a peak torque of 571 Nm.
Equipped with special wheels and tyres for driving on salt, and a much lowered body, the Beetle also had a limited-slip differential to improve traction, while a safety package provided the necessary protection. This comprised a rollover protection cage, a race seat with five-point harness and a fire extinguishing system. In addition, the record-setting car had two brake parachutes.
Getting ready for 2020
Meanwhile, one former Volkswagen employee is no doubt hoping to climb to new heights within Nissan Europe. Alex Smith has just been named managing director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd.
Smith, previously director, Volkswagen UK, takes over from James Wright, now vice president of Nissan Europe East, overseeing Russia, Ukraine, Central Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia),and the Datsun Business Unit in Russia.
Smith and Wright report to Guillaume Cartier, senior vice president for sales and marketing in Nissan Europe.
“With over 20 years’ experience in the UK automotive industry and a solid track record, Alex will be a tremendous asset to our business,” declared Cartier. “His appointment, as well as the other senior management changes announced today, will strengthen our organisation’s ability to operate in an increasingly complex business environment and ensure we meet our goal of becoming the most desirable Asian brand in Europe by 2020.”
joining Volkswagen UK in 2007, where he led group parts sales, commercial vehicles and later passenger cars, Smith worked at Kia Motors, GM Daewoo and Ford of Britain.