Bugatti is claiming a new production car top speed record with a combined two run average of 431.072km/h (267.91mph) with a new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport model – in the process smashing the 408.30km/h (253.76mph) set by a standard Veyron 16.4 in 2005 by 24km/h (14.9mph).
It also betters the existing world record mark of 412.28km/h (256.23mph) established by low volume US car maker, Shelby SuperCars, with its Ultimate Aero on a closed 19km (12 mile) stretch of road in Nevada in 2007.
Confirming details of the attempt run under tight security at parent company Volkswagen’s 21km (13 mile) Ehra-Lessien test track in late June, Bugatti says the new Supersport set the record at the hands of its test driver, Pierre-Henri Raphanel and under the auspices of officials from the Guinness Book of Records.
In the first round of the attempt running in anti-clockwise direction against a prevailing wind the Super Sport hit 427.933km/h (265.96mph). It then went on to reach a wind assisted 434.211km/h (269.86mph) in a clockwise direction, giving the powered up Veyron 16.4 a combined average of 431.072km/h (267.91mph).