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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport on Guinness World Record Speed Run

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport interior

Year 2010
Engine 7993 cc W-16 quad turbo
Transmission 7-speed, DSG sequential AWD
Max speed 257 mph (268 mph with limiter removed)
0-60 mph under 3 seconds
Horsepower 1,200 hp
weight 1950 kgs / 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 car.

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 exhaust system.

The bodywork of the Veyron Super Sport is composed entirely of carbon 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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