New Veyron 16.4 Super Sport model sets a new land speed record for a production car - 267.91mph
9 July 2010

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.

See the official pics of the Bugatti Veyron setting its world land speed record

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).

The new Super Sport, which Bugatti plans to produce in a limited run of no more than 30 units, is set to be the last hurrah for the Veyron 16.4, taking overall production of the flamboyant quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre 16-cylinder powered supercar up to 300 since its introduction in 2005.

Boasting lightweight carbon fibre body created using a new fibre construction and clear finish, the four-wheel drive Super Sport is claimed to weigh 50kg less than the standard Veyron 16.4 at 1840kg. Bugatti has also tweaked the Veyron 16.4’s engine, taking its peak power from 987bhp to 1183bhp. Torque also increases from 921lb ft to 1106lb ft.

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Details provided by Bugatti claim the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time remains at 2.5sec. However, the Super Sport’s 0-200km/h (0-124mph) and 0-300km/h (0-186mph) times are said to have been lowered to just 7.3sec and 15.0sec respectively.

The styling changes made to the Veyron 16.4 to bring it up to Sport Sport specification revolve around its need for added cooling and to control turbulence within the wheelarches at high speed. At the front, Bugatti has reworked the lower air ducts, bring them out closer to the sides where they continue up along the leading edge of the front wheel arches. They are complimented by new ducts behind the front wheelarches designed to relieve pressure build up.

The roof also sports two new NACA style ducts. They replace the Veyron 16.4’s traditional engine ducts set further back above the engine. Further aerodynamic modifications include a double diffusor at the rear incorporating a newly reworked double tailpipe.

Suspension upgrades, including firmer springs, larger diameter roll bars and uprated dampers, are also claimed to raise the Super Sport’s maximum lateral acceleration to 1.4g.

Bugatti has produced 260 from a planned 300 examples of the Veyron 16.4 at its boutique assembly plant at Molsheim in France, some 249 of which have been delivered to customers.

Greg Kable

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5 July 2010

Maybe it is a bit boring but think how fast you could get to work in the morning...

5 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Sport Sport specification [/quote]

I want this on my Fiesta...

5 July 2010

Love it ! Brilliantly pointless like some of the best cars ever made. You need extremes in anything and I'm glad the Bugatti exists. It counter balances efforts like the G-Wiz and makes me glad I love cars.

5 July 2010

its time a stunt was done using the speed of these cars. It could save time on using short car ferry crossings over channels and estuaries. 2 ramps, fast car, whooosh.

5 July 2010

I wonder why VW does not dump Bugatti now that it has Porsche and Audi's R8 V10 has full supercar credibility. The Veyron sold way too slow, their lux barge has gone into hibernation and all these specials were just to try and sell the 300 so they could use up the parts they ordered. Even China will not save the Veyron. Great engineering achievement but total failure otherwise. Destined for private museums and Goodwood outings much like the 959/F40.

5 July 2010

I wonder if SSC have received a fax saying "how do you like them apples?"

5 July 2010

You haven't thought this through, get rid of Bugatti?, these types of cars sell in small numbers compared to Mondeo's and the like, they are a small percentage that we don't need to worry about,are you saying ALL supercars are pointless?,these cars are the developement cars for systems we'll se on or in our cars in the future,and i don't know about you but i like to see the performance envelope being moved on, who'd have thought that two hundred miles per hour could be done in a road car?.I'll tell you one thing the World would be as sadder place if it wasn't for exciting cars like these, no supercars?, then would you be happy with G. Murray's T-27?

Peter Cavellini.

5 July 2010

Whoa - hold your horses! He's not saying that at all, but rather, like a lot of other people - and leaving aside for now whether or not the current Bugatti range (such that it is) really has anything to do with the proper, pre-war Bugattis - asking why one company feels the need to produce so many different brands at the upper end: Audi R8, Bentley, Lamborghini...and this sort of thing. It's a reasonable question, and a far cry from suggesting a ban on everything faster than Gordon Murray's T-Series.

5 July 2010

I hate the Veyron with a passion, because to me it's not a true supercar. Sure, it's very fast, but it's heavy and very, very ugly. Supercars should be light and gorgeous. Bugatti needs to rediscover its roots, making open-wheel road-racers, with a straight-six engine derived from the Lamborghini V12. A 5-cylinder or 4-cylinder would be fine, too. Maybe even a V10. Possibly even the V12, at the top end. I don't know. Just not this. The (still hideous) Galibier is, at least, not entirely without precedent: it's something of a 21st-century Royale. A two-tier Bugatti, one making fast luxury cars, the other making open-wheel road-racers, might make sense. But they need to go for more refinement: the WR16 isn't that refined, and it's too damn heavy. More turbos and a V12 would make sense...


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