Mud, Molasses & Hybrid Vehicles

Gary S. Vasilash

Which of these statements isn’t true?

==Sticks in mud have low velocity

==Molasses on New Year’s Day has low viscosity

==Production hybrids are slower than either of the above

You may be surprised to learn that the last isn’t correct, at least not in the case of a Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid driven by Motor Trend associate road test editor Carlos Lago at the Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this week.

VW hybrid

Lago turned in a speed of 185.394 mph in the car, which was modified to meet the requirements of the Southern California Timing Association.

The car, just like the ones that will soon be in VW dealerships everywhere, features a 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine. The engine produces 150 hp. That output is supplemented by an electric motor that produces an additional 27 hp.

The car also has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

When not being driven to extremes, the car is expected to get a combined fuel economy rating of 45 mpg.

Makes you wonder what other things that you take for granted really aren’t so.