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Bonneville Speed Week 2012 Records



A 48-year-old Mini Cooper is just one of several cars that hit records at Speed Week on the Bonneville salt flats in Utah this past week.

The modified Mini Cooper hit average speeds of 146.5 mph during two runs on the flats, setting a land speed record for a production car under 1000 cc’s.

Also setting a record at the event, which drew more than 500 suped-up entries, was a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Motor Trend road test editor, Carlos Lago, gunned the Jetta to 185 mph, handily beating out the 165 mph hit earlier this year by a hybrid Volvo truck. Unfortunately event organizers the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) don’t currently have a hybrid category. To make the record official, the team will have to race the Jetta again later this year.

Also shattering records was an A/Modified Production flatbed truck driven by NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock champion Jason Line, which hit 235 mph, and an A Gasoline Lakester class, driven by Tegan Hammond of Honolulu, that hit an average of 302 mph.

In total, more than 125 drivers hit land speed records at the event, which takes place every year on the 30,000-acre moonscape.

The fastest car of the whole week? That would be the Speed Demon D Blown Fuel Streamliner, which hit a two-run average speed of 426 mph.

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