Rod Penrose’s Beetle back on track


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VW fans may remember Rod Penrose’s previous car (pictured above), Australia’s Fastest Beetle that famously broke a long-standing record with a 8.96 second pass back in 2001. The car was a common sight on the drag strips around the country and had a cult following amongst the VW enthusiasts.

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Rod is back again, with a new car and this time he has his sights set on a World Record. With a PB of 8.74@149mph, the new car is already faster than its predecessor and Rod is confident he can have a real go at the record (7.89sec) in the near future.

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The new car is powered by a front-mounted 3.3L Pauter engine with a Garrett GT51R turbo performing the forced induction duties. The current setup produces 550hp at the wheels with just 32psi of boost pressure.

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“We will be turning the boost up at our next outing” said Rod, “The aim is to shave a little bit of time each time we race.”

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Two Turbosmart’s Hyper-Gate 45 external wastegates, e-Boost2 boost controller and Race Port bov help control the boost while the FPR-2000 fuel pressure regulator looks after the fuel flow.

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“We love Turbosmart products here at Rod Penrose Racing, they do exactly what they’re meant to do – help us go faster!”

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We wish Rod and his team the best of luck and look forward to seeing him with the World Record trophy in hand!

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