Rod Penrose’s Beetle back on track


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VW fans may remember Rod Penrose’s previous car (pictured above). It was, at the time Australia’s Fastest Beetle, with a 8.96 second ET. The car was a common sight on the drag strips and had a cult following amongst the VW enthusiasts.

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Rod is back again, with a new car and this time he has his sights set on a World Record. With a PB of 8.74@149mph, the new car is already faster than its predecessor and Rod is confident he can have a real go at the record (7.89sec) in the near future.

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The new car is powered by a front-mounted 3.3L Pauter engine with a Garrett GT51R turbo performing the forced induction duties. The current setup produces 550hp at the wheels with just 32psi of boost pressure.

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“We will be turning the boost up at our next outing” said Rod, “The aim is to shave a little bit of time each time we race.”

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A pair of Turbosmart’s Hyper-Gate 45 external wastegates, an e-Boost2 boost controller  and Race Port bov help control the boost while the FPR-2000 fuel pressure regulator looks after the fuel flow.

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“We love Turbosmart products here at Rod Penrose Racing, they do exactly what they’re meant to do – help us go faster!”

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We wish Rod and his team the best of luck and look forward to seeing him with the World Record trophy in hand!

wastegate VW turbo rod penrose fuel pressure regulator boost controller beetle

wastegate VW turbo rod penrose fuel pressure regulator boost controller beetle

wastegate VW turbo rod penrose fuel pressure regulator boost controller beetle

Full Force Trans Am


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Schwartz Performance has a long-standing history of collaboration with Turbosmart going back almost a decade when Jeff’s famous twin-turbo LS2 Ultima GTR was fitted with Turbosmart wastegates and BOVs.
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These days, operating out of their 10,000 square foot workshop in Woodstock, IL,  Schwartz Performance develops track-tested chassis for GM, Ford and Mopar and continue to produce stand-out performance vehicles like this 1981 Trans Am.
trans am scwartz Powered by a twin turbo LS9 motor using Turbosmart Comp-Gate40s, Race Port and an e-Boost Street boost controller, this Trans Am makes 1041hp at the wheels through an auto transmission and a 9” diff.
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For more Schwartz Performance creations go to www.schwartzperformance.com