Veyron Super Sport on Guinness World Record Speed Run
W-16 quad turbo
DSG sequential AWD
(268 mph with limiter removed)
/ 4300 lbs
Now that the Veyron is reaching the end of its production run
- to make way for the next all-conquering Bugatti model - the
company is pulling out all the stops to produce one last batch
of cars which will blow the doors off any other production car
on the planet.
Called the rather stereotypical 'Super Sport', this version
of the Veyron has just taken home the Guinness World Record
for the fastest production car. Bugatti's very own test driver,
Pierre Henri Raphanel, was the man tasked with taking the Veyron
Super Sport up to it's maximum velocity. The average speed of
his two-run, Guinness-approved drives was an insane 267.81 mph!
For the Veyron Super Sports which will find their way into public
hands, Bugatti has limited the top speed to 257.9 mph (415 km/h).
This is because anything higher than that they can't guarantee
the tires won't disintegrate. At those speeds a blown tire usually
causes a bit more of an issue than just leaving you stranded
at the roadside waiting for a lift!
The first five examples of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport will
be painted up in the rather striking - and aesthetically awful
- luminescent orange and black color scheme of the record breaking
To achieve the even higher performance of the Super Sport, Bugatti
made some rather significant modifications to the car. Firstly
power has risen to 1,200 hp and torque to 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft).
The power hike was achieved through the use of larger turbos
and intercoolers. Then the engineers made some adjustments to
the chassis, including slightly raised mainspring travel, stronger
stabilizers, and new shock absorbers with a complex architecture
originally developed for racing cars.
The bodywork was also revised and optimized for better airflow.
The roof is fitted with NACA-style air ducts which direct cooling
air onto the engine below. The engine itself is partially covered
with some completely new bodywork - the standard Veyron's engine
is left exposed to aid cooling.
The front air intakes have been elongated and reshaped, with
the lower one curving around the sides to the wheel arch. The
revised rear receives a double diffuser and a centrally mounted
The bodywork of the Veyron Super Sport is composed entirely
fiber, and if desired it can be left unpainted to show off
the weave. The monocoque
chassis is also formed from carbon fiber.
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