There’s an old adage in South African motoring circles: Regardless of how fast your car is, there’s always a faster/quicker Golf 1. Well, it seems that saying applies in Germany, too, as they claim to have the world’s quickest Golf.

Setting records

Boba Motorsport in Germany is well-known for producing some of the most powerful Golfs in the world. Cars built in this workshop produce serious horsepower, and better than that, translate that power into proper drag-strip times, these are no dyno queens.

VW-owned Bugatti set a speed record with its Chiron that perhaps even a Golf 1 won’t be able to beat, more info here.

The company most recently made headlines when its Mk1 Golf project, known as 16Vampir, set an incredible time of 8,20 sec at 273,45 km/h over the quarter-mile. The time was recorded at Public Race Days 2019 event held at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Germany. The team responsible for the car claim that this is a world record.

In that run, the car managed to blitz the 0-100 km/h run in a scarcely believable 1,6 seconds. And it got to from 0-200 km/h in a scant 4,3 seconds. Just think about that for a moment; this car gets to 200 km/h from standstill as quick as most sportscars take to get to 100 km/h…

Click here to read about another record-setting VW.

Volksie power

The relatively standard-looking Golf 1 packs a Volkswagen-sourced turbocharged 2,0-litre 16v (ABF) inline-four that cranks out almost 860 kW with 1 000 N.m of torque. To achieve these mammoth figures the turbocharger force 3,8 bars of boost into the motor. That level of boost is possible thanks to E85 fuel. The engine has been turned 90 degrees and is now in a longitudinal orientation. Power is sent to all four drag slicks through sequential transmission and a 4Motion all-wheel-drive drivetrain.

You can see the world’s quickest Golf setting its record time in the video below.