At 254.04mph, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has earned the title of the fastest open-top car in the world. The record was set by Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu at the Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien proving grounds. Available for sale since 2012, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has led to a special World Record Car (WRC) Edition, which will be restricted to just eight units.
The official unveiling for this 1.99 million euros (plus tax) model is set to be at the upcoming Shanghai motor show next week. Except for a black and orange paint scheme, the WRC is actually just a standard Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. It is powered by an 8.0-litre W16 engine with an output of 1184bhp and torque of 1106lb ft.
Initially, Bugatti wanted the Vitesse to have a top speed of 233mph with the roof off. But then, the automaker thought that it could reach 249mph. During practice runs, the vehicle was able to reach 249mph but it went even faster during the official timed run. TUV, the German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification, was there to oversee the establishment of the record.
A top speed of 267.86mph – setting the Guinness world record for a production car – was achieved by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (the coupé version of this Vitesse). However, this record was recently stripped as it was later revealed to have violated Guinness rules. The car that set the record has to be identical to what buyers got.
The units available to customers were limited to just 258mph. Five of the 30 Veyron Super Sports sold were destricted World Record Editions while the other 25 got the 258mph limiter. Although Guinness has yet to ratify Hennessey’s claim, the U.S. sports car maker is confident that it will get the title with its Venom GT achieving 265.7mph in production trim.