Rod Penrose’s Beetle back on track


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.


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.


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.


“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.”


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.


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


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




Something big is coming…



The Big Bubba project is a departure from our usual philosophy of striving to fit more performance into increasingly smaller packages. It is true that in some circumstances bigger is indeed better. The Big Bubba project has been designed with those applications in mind.

Remember the name – Big Bubba – It’s coming soon.