• Jun 20, 2010

Jeremy Freedman's super-fast GTI - Click above to watch video after the jump

Volkswagen created the hot hatch segment in the late 1970s with the original GTI. The car's performance repertoire, however, did not include Ferrari-humbling maximum speeds. GTI aficionado Jeremy Freedman set out to unequivocally obliterate this top speed shortcoming with his Mk III. During last fall's Texas Mile event, Freedman piloted his black 1997 GTI to a scarcely believable trap speed of 208.1 mph!

Remarkably, Freedman's car is powered by the same VR6 engine and five-speed manual gearbox it left Wolfsburg with. They have been slightly modified, however, with the VR6 being opened up from 2.8 to 3.0-liters and turbocharged to the tune of 800 horsepower. More startling is news that the gearbox internals have been been largely untouched save for a beefier clutch and the addition of a limited slip differential. (Those changes were required to put that much power to the ground through the front wheels.) Rather than mess with the gearing, Freedman relied on larger wheels and tires to adjust the final drive ratio so he could top 200 mph. You can check out video of Freedman's record-setting run after the jump.

[Source: Eurotuner]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I can definitely respect this. Certainly took a pair to actually do the speed in a car not designed for such speeds.

      Also I can respect this much more than many GTIs I see around, what with ridiculously stretched tires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stretched tires get bitches though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      was it running on slicks? If so its no real record because it did the run in not street legal trim..in that case the HGP V R36i Bi Turbo is with 327,6km/h = 204mph (2007 Nardo) still the fastest Golf and fastest street legal hatchback... the HGP Golf did the run on normal road tires with licens plate

      http://www.hgp-turbo.de/images/GolfV36Nardo.gif
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I remember correctly, this was done in the Street Speed Trial class. The rules state that you have to be running street tires in this class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      can't tell by the poor video if the car is travelling at 95mph or 200mph. (fake)
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you view it in full screen and pause when he hold up the time card, it clearly reads "208.1 MPH"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go back to Ebaums, moron.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's job well done. I love tunes like these.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell Yeah!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ loustavale:

        If you watch they cut out the braking part and just cut to getting the speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zero to 208 mph back to zero in thirty seconds. NO WAY
      • 4 Years Ago
      NOICE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this was news a year ago. Good job on providing the readers with current up to date news.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Consider me impressed! Great job by those guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm scared to live in a world where "slightly modified" is synonymous with "turbocharged to the tune of 800 horsepower." Where's the threshold for highly modified? Is that reserved only for time traveling Civics that run off unicorn tears?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This dude has balls, no doubt about that.

      As much as I hate the fact that it can't do anything but go straight, I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone thumbing their nose at a VeeDub passing the 200-mph mark. Throw in the fact that he's still running the stock tranny (my jaw dropped at that) and you know he's definitely earned his bragging rights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How much boost?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the boost guage there in the center of the dash in the vid. I can't quite make out the digits but looks like a 30 psi guage?

        Pretty amazing to get that car down the mile that fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive for a VW...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmm. Is a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera (that's a mouthful) unexpectedly fast for a VW? I'm pretty sure a Bentley Brooklands can probably keep up with most things on the road.

        I'm sure Tony Stark gets to wherever he needs to be pretty quickly in that R8 V10.

        You're right, this GTI might outrun a slow VW like a Porsche 911 Turbo.

        Come to think of it, there are probably too many fast VWs out there...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Peich isn't at VW anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        from my understanding, VW patriarch commissioned the Veyron... so yea, I think "VW" understands speed pretty darn well
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