145 Bugatti Veyron reclaims production car speed record

I predicted this to happen a long time ago, it was just a matter of time before Bugatti decided to up the boost one notch and reclaim that production car speed record for Bugatti Veyron - undoubtedly the greatest supercar of all time.

Bugatti Veyron officially became the fastest road car (top speed-wise) in 2005 with a top speed of 408 km/h. With 16 cylinders, four Turbos and magic number of 1001 metric horsepower, not many expected to see a car that could be even faster. But the bragging rights of "world's fastest car" seemed a bit too tempting for Shelby SuperCars (SSC) - a little known American automobile manufacturer that seemingly concentrated all it's efforts on one task and one task only - to build something that can beat the magnificent Veyron in pure top speed.

So they built the SSC Aero. Didn't care too much about looks or luxury but surely squeezed the last crap out of that V8 engine to make sure Veyron is beaten and they can charge hundreds and hundreds of thousands for what really isn't worth it at all.

SSC succeeded and broke Veyron's record with 412 km/h. You would imagine VW weren't too happy about that after all those zillions of dollars invested in the Veyron. Even with that ridiculous price of over 1.5 million bucks there wasn't really a good profit in the program. It was done for the prestige. "Pushing the boundaries of what's possible" - as they say.

Last few years it seemed like Bugatti just ignored the existence of SSC Aero and concentrated on celebrating the unexpected demand for Veyron with ever more ostentatious special editions. There were some rumors for more sport oriented Bugatti but when four door Galiber concept was revealed, it seemed like world speed record wasn't on the agenda at all.

Even though I expected Bugatti to reclaim the record at some point in future, I was really surprized when I saw the slightly orange Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in fastestlaps.com. And then I saw the horsepower figure. And then the top speed. And it was like a dream come true. Yes, they have done it.

434 km/h. New world record. Farewell, SSC Aero!

10y ago by FastestLaps
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w0o0dy  10y ago

@The Frank jr VI: time for some of your own medicine... stay off the dope dude.

The record of the Veyron was broken by a small project hypercar, on an public road, about 3,5 miles long instead of the Lessien straight (8 miles?) BY A 71 year old granddad...

A POS? hahaha shows how much you know... nothing! The record stayed in their hands several years and Bugatti only made the Supersport to beat them...

\"A recently repaved two-lane section of Highway 221 in Washington was ultimately selected for the task, though navigating the road\'s slight elevation changes and mid-way S-bend proved to be a challenge. Test driver Chuck Bigelow, 71 of Richland, WA, had to pass through the S-bend at a minimum of 210 mph in order to attain record speed during the following straightaway (with only 1.5 miles before braking was required); after the record-breaking run, Bigelow stated \"if there was additional straight pavement on which to accelerate, the top speed would have been considerably higher and if anyone challenges your record there is tons left on the table.\"


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The Frank jr VI  10y ago

REALITY CHECK!!

The SCC is a POS and ugly as sin compared to the Veyron!

Just mentioning the SCC and Veyron in the same sentence is blasphemy towards the Buggatti Veyron.

SCC = Fast POS hillbilly gocart - YEE-HAAA!!!

Somebody needs to give the crack pipe a break.


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Dgyzzle  10y ago

ugh..... people who say the veyron is a \"better engineered\" car need to think about what happened here. vw built a ridiculously ugly car to go \"look what we can do\" and show off their \"genius\".... then a tiny ass company says \"seriously?? if you\'re gonna show off at least make a car that doesnt look like a rolling lego block\" and made more power and better overall performance with less money and an easier to maintain car.
the bugatti is a luxury car. and an ugly one at that. the ssc is a true machine. and a damn pretty one at that.
still, given the money id take a McLaren F1 EVERY day, because when ur already going 240 miles an hour who cares about another ten???
(and the McLaren is SEXXY AS HELL!!!!)


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YoungSinatra  10y ago

If I was one of those guys with more money than gawd I'd luv to have a veyron built with a custom 1000hp. FORD GT-40 engine. I KNOW it would be sacrilegious and not as fast. But you could have it repaired and worked on in ANY shop and get rid of the $75 thousand dollar a year upkeep.


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Mr.BMW  10y ago

no,no....SSC is the car speed record,v8 7.0 1300 HP,434 km/h,bugatti no fastest car in the world,P.S.I dont good speak english.... >)


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TheJusa  10y ago

Considering each Veyron costs $5M to supposedly make, and they sell it for $1.4M, yeah, thats smart, i bet Bugatti will go Bust...Again, then not show up for Another 70 years.

mm.. yea.. Bugatti is owned by Volkswagen.. so that\'s not gonna happen, they just made a profit of 1.25 billion Euros in 2nd quarter of this year


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Anonymous.  10y ago

Considering each Veyron costs $5M to supposedly make, and they sell it for $1.4M, yeah, thats smart, i bet Bugatti will go Bust...Again, then not show up for Another 70 years.


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E  10y ago

Well, the Veyron while impressive can also be seen as engineering stupidy in a way, in that, in general, the simpler a solution the better. Of course, the complexity was on purpose, so.

But I wasn\'t saying that\'s it bad that it\'s expensive, I\'m saying that all the reasons people give to prove its superiority don\'t make sense anyway. It\'s no more rational than buying a Radical, a racing trailer, and and a Rolls Royce. Buying a Veyron makes as much sense as buying anything that doesn\'t make sense to buy.


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DDriver  10y ago

The same argument is brought up again. Veyron costs the price it has, there are plenty of people who have bought it. It competes not with other cars when it comes to question buy or not to buy, but with yachts and other rich stuff. There is not a single point to be not sure about it\'s engineering superiority.


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E  10y ago

Any Veyron can drive you around town in complete comfort, then go onto the autobahn and cruise at 200 mph. It doesn\'t make it any better than a loud, purpose built thrill machine. Fastestlaps, you are a smart guy, but you don\'t seem to differentiate between opinion and fact well at times. You seem to think the Veyron is somehow more rational than other hyper cars. You could easily save money over a Veyron by buying a bunch of cars that collectively would beat the Veyron at everything with the possible exception of exclusivity and maintainence price. That sounds a lot more reasonable. Especially considering that going 250 mph after buying groceries risks disfiguring one\'s expensive trunk.

It\'s about an indivdual\'s wants. Who says cruising around on the street is a driver\'s top priority? Nearly any argument you try to use to discredit a \"Veyron competitor\" could easily be turned around.

That said, I can see why you would react in such a way to Yakuza\'s comment (which ironically at first glance contains the same lack of respect for opinion that some of your posts seem to).

With all due respect.


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Apathy  10y ago

There\'s a Ford GT that turns 8\'s in the 1/4 and goes as fast and faster than the Veyron within 1 mile! Stock aero parts and aiming for over 300mph at the salt flats.
Yeah, I think I\'ll take that over the Veyron, but it is nice...
If you\'re interested in the Veyron only because of its top speed and acceleration, than you\'re kind of fooling yourself. It\'s about more than just that.

-gets ready for people to get bent out of shape over nothing.


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FastestLaps  10y ago

How can you compare a piece of junk dragster to Bugatti Veyron? Do you know how much horsepower Veyron engine would make at that level of boost?

Any piece of crap car can be turned into a 1/4 mile rocket. But it doesn't make it as good or ultimately as fast as Veyron.

Try 400 km/h in that drag car. Or better don't :D



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YAKUZA  10y ago

BMW e36 is the best car in the world...why.because is .....look BMW e36 r6 3.9L 1422hp,1610nm,7,63 sec 1/4 mile 293 km/h....but,he have turbo...Bugatti have 1200hp w16,8.0L,than slower.....16 cilinara!.....64 valves ha.....


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40010  10y ago

BMW e36 turbo r6 3.9 1422hp,1610 nm,haha,bugatti 1001hp,1200nm,8.0L w16,BMW is faster......


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Macready  10y ago

@Anonymous
Instead of the \"try youtube\" (I did), come up with a decent link that actually supports your point like I did. It lacks traction and it lacks linear output.
And what\'s your point with the Noble? Sofar you only seem to confirm what I said: slalom numbers don\'t tell us much, unless you want use to believe that a Boxster is one of the fastest cornering cars still. It corners well, not much more.


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BumRush  10y ago

King of what? yeah top Speed for now, and Ludacrous price tag, other than that? But yes, gimme that S7 over any Bug any day.


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YoungSinatra  10y ago

The Bugatti is the King. And owners say it is actually a great daily driver. Over built in every aspect. But the yearly upkeep is $75,000...geewiz. The nice thing about the Saleen S-7 is any corner FORD mechanic can work on it. Also it comes with a two year UNLIMITED bumper to bumper milage warranty.


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the race  10y ago

DOH fl is back normal!!!!!!!! and this

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/ssc-veyron-showdown-2010-07-14


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BumRush  10y ago

Yeah i definetly dont believe it took 10 races to beat the Veyron, Espescially coming from Gordan Murrays mouth, that doesnt sound fishy?