NOBODY truly knows what vRS means. Not even Skoda.
Some state the “v” is the little accent above the “S” on the Skoda badge and RS is for rally sport.
6With Skoda clocking up 20 years of vRS in the UK, it was an excellent excuse to try the fastest one ever: The 227mph land speed record carCredit: simon thompson
Others think it implies “victory Rally Sport” and admires the 130 RS trophy magnet from the Seventies.
My idea is much simpler: Very Rapid Skoda.
Due to the fact that all of us know a Skoda wearing a vRS badge is an efficiency car for the masses, spicy but not too expensive.
Quick truth: We purchase more hot Skodas than the Czechs.
Which is unexpected. Likewise not actually unexpected because we do like our automobiles to have a bit of zest.
6The Bonneville vRS didnt have any brakes for the appropriate speed runs simply a parachute
With Skoda clocking up 20 years of vRS in the UK, it was an excellent excuse to try the fastest one ever: The 227mph land speed record automobile.
It has actually hardly turned a wheel considering that blitzing the 2-litre production automobile record at Utahs famous Bonneville Salt Flats ten years ago.
Precisely right– youre ahead of me.
It was constructed to commemorate 10 years of vRS, hence the big 10 on the doors.
There was absolutely no opportunity of doing something similarly as ballsy to mark 20 years– you dont require me to explain why– so we headed to Millbrooks high-speed screening ring to relive a few of that old magic instead.
6Getting all set with the parachute that acted as breaksCredit: simon thompson
A little bit of TLC from the original engineer Ricky (Bobby?) and she was prepared to run.
Observations. Roll cage. There is a lot of it.
Maybe best described as a shark tank inside a vehicle, it is developed to keep you safe in a high-speed crash, even if everything else falls off.
I should add that the Bonneville vRS didnt have any brakes for the correct speed runs, simply a parachute from a Top Fuel dragster connected to the cage, and it ran on slim space-saver wheels.
The drivers seat is bare metal.
6The Skoda recorded a remarkable speed, and land record, of 227mphCredit: simon thompson
The drivers arms were connected to the seat harness to stop them flailing about must there be a Code Brown.
And those 2 red tanks arent Fast & & Furious nitrous cylinders, theyre fire extinguishers.
So what about power, you may ask.
Its a funny 698hp.
Ricky remapped the engine, added a big turbo, big radiator, straight-thru exhaust with external wastegate and fitted a vRS diesel gearbox with longer tailoring.
6The drivers arms were connected to the seat harness to stop them flailing about need to there be a Code BrownCredit: simon thompson
Thats about it.
He needed to keep modifications within production-car guidelines. So whats it like to drive?
Everything you d expect: Loud (130 decibels), raw, uneasy and appropriately exciting.
Construct the speed efficiently and it reels in the horizon at an extraordinary rate.
Due to the fact that the speedo didnt work, I cant inform you precisely how quick I was going.
6The Mk4, MK1 and Bonneville vRSCredit: simon thompson
However I was sharing the track with a McLaren model and it didnt pass me, put it that method. And this is a Skoda, not a supercar.
Put it on an arrow-straight salt bed and Ricky reckons 250mph-plus is possible. I believe hes.
Other celebration visitors consisted of a Mk1 Octavia vRS (the red vehicle) and the latest-gen Mk4 (the blue cars and truck).
Theyre Golf GTIs below, undoubtedly, but larger, much better and less expensive.
Call me an old romantic but I enjoyed the squeaks and simplicity of the Mk1
Key facts: Skoda Octavia vRS Mk1.
Rate new: ₤ 15,535.
Engine: 1.8-litre turbo gas.
0-62mph: 6.7 secs.
Leading speed: 144mph.
And the Skoda Symphony radio cassette player. And the notchy gearbox.
The brand-new Octavia vRS is wise and tech-rich and right up there with the finest of breed.
Plus you can have hatch or diesel, estate or fuel or plug-in hybrid.
Skoda has validated the vRS badge will continue on electric cars in the future, starting with the Enyaq vRS.
Its a million miles from “triumph rally sport” however “very rapid Skoda” works nicely.
If it sticks, I might even edit the wiki page and see.
Key realities: Skoda Octavia vRS.
Price brand-new: ₤ 31,695.
Engine: 2-litre turbo fuel.
0-62mph: 6.7 secs.
Leading speed: 155mph.
Skoda display their brand-new Enyaq motor.