Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is no longer the fastest production car in the world

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2013

Guinness World Records has stripped the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport of the title of fastest production car in the world after finding out that this car violated the rules since it was modified. The record was set three years ago in July 2010 with a speed of 267.8mph. The record was reinvestigated after Guinness received an enquiry by Driving.co.uk, which said that the Veyron that attempted the record can’t be considered a production car since it had its speed restrictor deactivated.

Each one of the 30 cars sold to the public had a speed restrictor. Guinness World Records released a statement last Friday, to confirm that in setting the record of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport as the fastest production car in 2010, there was an oversight in its adjudication.

PR Director Jaime Strang said that it’s against the official guidelines to deactivate the car’s speed limiter as it is considered to be a modification. As a result, it has invalidated the record established at 431.072 km/h. Because of this incident, Guinness World Records is currently reviewing this category with expert external consultants to make sure that its records are fairly reflective of its achievements in the field.

Under the company’s rules, the car that sets the record has to be mechanically identical to those that are sold to the public. It’s likely that the title will revert to the Ultimate Aero built by Shelby SuperCars that set a record of 256.1mph.

Hennessey had also raised doubts about Bugatti’s record. Hennessey asserts that its Venom GT should be named as the fastest production car in the world. It claims that it has a top speed of 265.7mph but then, it has yet to record its speed under world record conditions, which states that an average speed has to be established over two timed runs.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport not only uses advanced motorsport technology, but it also showcases the pioneering spirit of Ettore Bugatti, the car company's founder. Ettore Bugatti was a brilliant designer from an artistic family and his philosophy was about combining outside beauty with mechanical perfection. This very ethos remains alive at the company and with the new Veyron Super Sport.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is unmistakable, with its external modifications serving to bring about superior performance. It is also immediately recognizable with its flat and elongated silhouette. The car features a 16-cylinder engine, which gets its air from twin NACA ducts that are integrated into its roof instead of from scoops on top of the engine. Its front air intakes were reshaped and expanded, with the lower intake expanding around the sides up to the arch of the wheels. The car's rear also looks athletic, thanks to the centrally arranged exhaust system and the double diffuser.

Bugatti has the known tradition of making super-sporty versions of what already are successful models, usually by adding racing chassis as well as supercharged engines. And diehard Bugatti fans consider these cars as true racing vehicles.

The most successful of these were the type 57S and the type 55, and only a few -- around 40 of each -- were produced.

By now, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has marketed and sold 260 Veyrons and 35 Grand Sports. Bugatti will begin production of the Veyron Super Sport in the autumn of 2010 at its Molsheim facility along with the Grand Sport and the Veyron. The first five cars made, called the "World Record Edition," come in a gorgeous black exposed carbon finish with touches of orange and have already sold out.

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