• Jul 24, 2007
We've been privy to some interesting tuner creations over the years, but once you've enjoyed some seat time in a 1,000 HP Supra, tackled the bends in a turbo'd Elise and gotten The Fear piloting a Viper, everything else seems to pale in comparison. However, the be-all-end-all mod that leaves our mind reeling is when enterprising engineers decide to make a formerly FWD vehicle all-wheel-drive by throwing an engine in the boot. The folks over at MTM have done just that, and the TT Bimoto has just set a new official speed record of 393 km/h (244.2 MPH) at the Papenburg test track in Germany.

The second run, performed "under windy conditions, partial rain and temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade" was made by the Seat Supercopa 2006 champ, Florian Gruber, and were precursors to the tuner's attempt at cracking the 400 km/h mark later this year in Nardo, Italy.

All the technical details of the TT Bimoto can be found here, but the nitty-gritty is simple: two 1.8-liter inline fours, mated to two DSG gearboxes send 740 HP down to all four wheels. Aside from the top speed run, which employed longer gear ratios, standard acceleration tests show that the Bimoto will reach 60 in under 3.5 seconds, an on to 200 km/h in approximately 9.9 seconds.

The price of insanity: 600,000 euro. For that kind of coin, we're looking forward to the Bimoto eclipsing the Veyron's top speed when it attacks the track in Italy later this year.

[Source: MTM]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Once again, this proofs Germans like to over-build, over-engineer stuff."

      And that surprises you how?

      • 7 Years Ago
      How will it eclipse the Veyron record when it has about 300 horsepower less? Aerodynamics? It doesn't look all that more aerodynamic than the Veyron.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I've heard that the Veyron can actually go much faster, but that its top speed is limited to 253 mph because VW couldn't find street tires that were safely rated to go any faster.
        • 7 Years Ago
        because it weighs so much less than a veyron - TT @ ~3200lbs vs. the ~4300lbs of the veyron.
        • 7 Years Ago
        With two motors this does not weigh 3,200 pounds. Plus, weight has little to do with it. At 400km/h, you're dealing with tremendous air resistance, and straightline speed depends mainly on aerodynamic profile and sheer power. It's a balance between gearing and just enough downforce to keep it from taking off.

        Usually a bimotor isn't worth the extra weight and complexity for the return in hp. Alfa Romeo tried it in the 30s and quickly abandoned the idea. I'm very impressed they attained this speed with this car, which was infamous for losing control at high speed without the rear spoiler. The back engine must help keep it planted.

        A cute special, but this is no threat to the Veyron's record unless they actually manage to sell a bunch of them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      but where do you put your golf clubs?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait, so does that top the Veyron for the fastest street-legal car?
        • 7 Years Ago
        not yet.

        and this wont be a production car.

        so the veyron will still have that title