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Most Aerodynamic Volkswagen Ever Is A 225-MPH Masterpiece - CarBuzz
Around about the same time that Volkswagen was enjoying global success with its iconic Mk1 Golf hatchback, ...
With a height of just 33 inches and a width of 43.3 inches, the ARVW was truly shaped like an arrow. It would be near impossible for a modern vehicle to attain the same drag coefficient, considering that something like a Mitsubishi Mirage - one of the smallest vehicles in America - is nearly double the height of the ARVW, with a far larger frontal area. Even a sleek supercar like the Ferrari F8 Tributo is nearly 15 inches taller than the ARVW. The ARVW's aluminum frame was set beneath a body fashioned from fiberglass and carbon. It used a 2.4-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that managed 177 horsepower - the motor was positioned behind the driver and sent power to the rear wheels. Modifications like concealed wheels, a smooth underbody, and minimal engine cooling vents helped the ARVW slice through the air with maximum efficiency. Tested in October 1980, it broke two world speed records by hitting 221 mph in the first hour, and eventually topped out at 225 mph.