The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which comes completely in black visible carbon, makes its debut in Shanghai. The model is inspired from the classic Veyron 16.4, but only 146 kW (200 PS) more powerful with its 882 kW (1,200 PS) output. Last year, Pierre-Henri Raphanel, a Bugatti driver, achieved a record of 431 km/h on the production version of the model on the Volkswagen test track in Ehra Lessien.
It gained entry into the Guinness Book of Records as a new international speed record for production vehicles on the test track.
To protect the tires, the production version is electronically limited to 415 km/h. Four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers have made possible the 7,993 cm3 capacity 16-cylinder engine. For safety in handling the extreme dynamism of the vehicle, extensive revamp was made on the chassis. Having a maximum lateral acceleration of 1.4 g, the improved interaction between the intelligent all-wheel drive system and the tyres allow perfect handling.
Also, all powertrain components were reinforced comprehensively to increase the maximum acceleration to 1,500 Nm safely to all four drive wheels. On the more aesthetic side, the detailed, anodized and polished aluminum of the vehicle gave an excellent contrast as the outer portions of the alloy whees and the EB logos on wheel caps, rear lid and fuel filler cap.
The black visible carbon sets a defining theme in the interiors, covering the inset in the central console as well as the doors. The rest of the parts are in highly exclusive "Snow Beige" leather. On another note, the Super Sport showcased in Shanghai has already been sold to a client in China.
Company founder Ettore Bugatti strictly adhered to his design philosophy of blending mechanical perfection and exterior beauty. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is another realization of that philosophy with the utilization of advanced motorsport technology and elegant exterior modifications that properly convey the car’s superior performance. Allowing the new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport to stand out from the rest is its flat, elongated silhouette.
To help cool down its 16-cylinder engine, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport features two NACA ducts integrated into the roof. These ducts supply the needed cooling air, instead of the scoops above the engine. Bugatti also reshaped and expanded the front air intakes, extending the lower intake around the sides to the wheel arch. The rear end of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is now provided with a double diffuser and a centrally arranged exhaust system.
Bugatti’s creation of the new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has been expected, since the carmaker has been following a tradition of making super-sport versions of successful models by underpinning them with racing chassis and installing supercharged engines. These models include type 55 and type 57S -- only around 40 examples of each were built.
Bugatti aficionados consider these versions as true racing machines. So far, around 260 Veyrons and 35 Grand Sports have been sold, and 249 Veyrons and 22 Grand Sports had been delivered. The carmaker is expected to commence production of the new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in the autumn of 2010 at Molsheim along with the Veyron and the Grand Sport. The first five examples of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport will be dubbed as the World Record Edition.
Already sold, these World Record Editions will feature a special black exposed carbon and orange finish. Bugatti first unveiled the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport to the public at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend in California in mid-August 2010. It was displayed at The Quail, Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca as well as at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.