1979 VW Golf, as Fast as a Bugatti

Bugatti Veyron is the second fastest production car ever built with a top speed listed at 407 km/h (253 mph), after the SSC Ultimate Aero that can reach up to 414 km/h (257 mph). But now, a thirty year old Volkswagen Golf is allegedly faster than a Veyron, after its owner spent about 60,000 pounds ($98.856) to improve its performances.

The 1.5 liter engine the car was originally equipped with was replaced with a custom-built 1850 cc turbocharged engine. The car which now has a powerplant that develops 700 horsepower can reach a top speed of 289 km/h (180mph).

Not us much as the Veyron, but it can beat it in a quarter-mile sprint, as the Golf can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 2.36 seconds, which is one tenth faster. That is one reason to make Andy Waite, 42,  proud of his ride.

“I took the chassis and shredded it up to make an absolute beast. The engine is custom-made and it has a roll cage like rally cars,” Andy told “The tinkering's only just begun. I want to do a quarter mile in nine seconds. It drives like a normal road car at low speeds but when I put it on the drag track you realise you have created a monster."

Priced at about $1.5 million, Bugatti Veyron is considered to be the world’s most expensive car. This 1979 VW Golf is more than ten times cheaper. But what is more important after all: the looks or the performances?

However, Andy still has one more problem to take care of. “The biggest problem is that once you get over 160 you can only drive it in a straight line because the steering goes wobbly,” he said.
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