And there you have it – the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is once again the official fastest production car in the world once again!
Earlier this week, Guinness World Records stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its prestigious title after it came to light that it may in fact have broken the pretty specific rules governing the record. Roughly summarized, it’s 267.8MPH world record was deemed invalid following the revelation that the actual production version of the Veyron Super Sport was limited to 258MPH and in order to hit the 267.8MPH record top speed, the limiter had to be deactivated.
And this, according to those gunning for the Veyron’s blood, counts as a modification – a big no-no in the eyes of Guinness.
So, the Hennessey Performance Venom GT summarily won the battle by default and became the new fastest production car in the world with its top speed of 265.7MPH – an achievement that would prove to be rather short-lived.
Bugatti insisted that Guinness had been aware of the limiter fitted to the production version of the Veyron Super Sport all along and that every single owner of the vehicle – which is only about 30 lucky sods the world over – can have their limiters deactivated by Bugatti and thus reach the record-breaking top-speed.
After a little bit of sabre rattling from both sides of the argument. Guinness eventually conceded that it is “satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.”
Not that the Veyron’s time in limbo was about to stop Bugatti from going about business as normal – while all this was going on they also managed to break another world record with the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which is not officially the world’s fastest open top production car with a top speed of 245MPH.