The record was set by Motor Trend editor Carlos Lago in a car specially prepared by Volkswagen R&D with a lowered suspension, special wheels and tires, a stripped-out interior and all the requisite safety equipment. But while the 1.4-liter turbocharged direct-injection four and electric assist in the stock Jetta Hybrid produces 170 horsepower, the Land Speed Record project car was modified to churn out approximately 300 horsepower. The modifications made the Jetta not only the fastest production-based, small-displacement turbocharged car in the world, but also the fastest hybrid. That is, at least, until sister-company Porsche
tries out its new 918 Spyder on the salt.