What you’re looking at here is the most extreme version of the Bugatti Veyron. Known as the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, the special-edition model broke a new landspeed world record for production cars hitting a top speed of 267.81 mph.
Bugatti is claiming a new production-car top-speed record with a combined two-run average of 267.9 mph (431.072 kph) with a new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport model, smashing the 253.76-mph record set by a standard Veyron 16.4 in 2005. It also betters the existing world-record mark of 256.23 mph (412.28 kph) established by Shelby SuperCars with its Ultimate Aero on a 12-mile stretch of road in Nevada in 2007.
The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was piloted by Bugatti’s official test-driver, Pierre Henri Raphanel, who returned two runs – one at 265.3 mph and one at 269.6 mph. The folks at TUV and Guinness took the average of both times, which came in at 268 mph.
The new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport comes with four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers that have been used to boost the power of the 16-cylinder engine to a total of 1200 HP, the chassis has been extensively redesigned to maintain safety at extreme speeds, thanks to a slightly raised main-spring travel, stronger stabilizers, and new shock absorbers with a complex architecture originally developed for racing cars. This gives noticeably more precise control of the wheels and the car as a whole. With lateral acceleration of up to 1.4 G and improved interaction between the tires and the intelligent all-wheel drive system, the Super Sport offers perfect handling and even more powerful acceleration of 1,500 NM on corner exits.
Using a lightweight carbon-fiber body created using a new fiber construction and clear finish, the four-wheel-drive Super Sport is claimed to weigh 110 pounds less than the standard Veyron 16.4 at 4,057 pounds. At the front, Bugatti has reworked the lower air ducts, bringing them out closer to the sides where they continue up along the leading edge of the front wheel arches. They are complemented by new ducts behind the front wheel arches designed to relieve pressure buildup. 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 diffuser at the rear, incorporating a reworked double tailpipe.
The car will go into production this fall, but Bugatti is manufacturing only five models of this World Record Edition. With a special black exposed carbon and orange finish, the models look just like the one Raphanel raced into history. But don’t expect to get your speed-loving hands on the car: All five have already been sold.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport will appear for the first time in public in California at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend in mid-August and will be featured at The Quail, Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca and on the concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.