Skoda speed record

A Skoda Octavia vRS has become the fastest 2.0-litre production car in the world after reaching an official 227.070mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

That figure, achieved by averaging two runs as the rules require, is a new record, smashing the previous best of 216mph.

The peak speed recorded by the car was on the return leg, when the specially prepared ‘salt spec’ Octavia hit 228.647mph.

The previous record had stood since 1998, but a series of tweaks to the surprisingly standard Octavia set a new benchmark.