March 4, 2002
VW W12 sports car breaks own world record
Nardo, Italy – Volkswagen took a prototype of its W12 sports car to the Nardo high-speed circuit near Lecce in Southern Italy on February 23rd and 24th, and again beat the existing world 24-hour speed record. The W12, with a top speed of 350 km/h, covered a distance of 7,749.4 kilometres at an average speed of 322.89 km/h. The world record recorded on October 14, 2001 with the same car, was beaten by 27.7 km/h, with the car covering 663 kilometres more.
A version of the same engine with an output of 420 horsepower will power the new VW Phaeton W12 luxury sedan that is to have its world premi