Illustration for article titled Tiny Audi A1 hits 201.324 MPH

You know the problem with setting speed records in small cars? Keeping the clowns' helmets from knocking together. Still, MTM's 500hp Audi A1 recently exceeded 200 mph on Italy's Nardo test track. Not bad for something the size of a popcorn bag.


The Audi, which also produces 443 lb-ft of torque at its peak, had been turbocharged to within an inch of its life, while remaining front wheel drive. And despite what must be some gnarly torque steer, the thing can get from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds.

The Audi faced down other tuners at the Nardo top-speed event, including a 9FF Porsche 911 GT3, MKB McLaren SLR, G-Power BMW M3 and SpeedArt Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The Audi collected a top speed of 201.324 mph.


Naturally, our hats are off to the driver, who must have been wishing for something with a longer wheelbase — like a Toyota Corolla — for better stability as he closed in on the double-century mark.

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