A lightly modified Skoda Octavia vRS, prepared by Skoda UK, has shattered the 200mph (322km/h) barrier in clocking 325.33km/h at the annuaL speed trails on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Salt Lake City, Utah, North America.
Bouyed by the relative ease with which the Octavia, driven by motoring journalist Richard Meaden, achieved 314.93 km/h on its first ever run, Skoda is now hoping to set a new record for 2.0-litre production cars by topping 347.62km/h.
The record-setting Skoda Octavia vRS came down the regular assembly line and runs the standard 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, fitted with a larger Garrett turbocharger and uses race fuel containing a methanol mix. That combo lifts power to 373kW.
Suspension has been lowered by 80mm and a new sub-frame houses a larger intercooler, but otherwise the rapid Skoda Octavia is just fitted with the usual racing safety items.
The annual Bonneville Speed Trials wrap on Friday so the Skoda UK team has a few days to set the desired new world record.