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So the rumours were all true after all.
Bugatti has unveiled the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – its promised 1,200 horsepower version of the Veyron model – which has now set a new land speed record of over 430 km/h (268 mph).
On Saturday afternoon (July 3) at the Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien track near Wolfsburg, Germany, the Veyron Super Sport set an average top speed rating of 431,072 km/h (268 mph). Piloted by Bugatti test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel, with German inspection officials (TÜV) keeping watch, the car topped out once at 428 km/h and second time at 434 km/h. A representative of the Guinness Book of Records was on hand to witness the new world record.
For those aiming to buy one; unfortunately, there would be only 30 units made.
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Apparently so. So many things have been faked on Top Gear so far, so this isn’t surprising anyway.
The boss of McLaren cars, Ron Dennis, carved his reputation in the uncompromising world of F1, where he rose from a simple mechanic to become one of the most astute (and abrasive) team managers the sport has ever seen. And he rarely comes to voice out on things.
During an interview with a business journalist from the United Arab Emirates, Dennis vented some rather terse criticism at the world’s big-daddy hypercar – Bugatti Veyron. Succinctly put, Dennis called it a “piece of junk.” He further espoused that it was, “pig ugly”. “The Veyron doesn’t do anything for me. I’ve been looking at it for years, and I don’t see one single thing that makes me feel good.”
Beyond rubbishing the Veyron’s aesthetics, Dennis also called the car’s performance credentials into question. To prove his point, Dennis cited the second episode of Top Gear’s thirteenth season – where a McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron race each other in Abu Dhabi…
“When we did the race in Abu Dhabi, we beat it off the line so many times that the film crew was getting frustrated because the outcome was supposed to be for the Bugatti to win. So we had to do that whole thing about ten times before it managed to get off the line cleanly and catch us up. Because every time they dropped the clutch it bogged down and we were gone.”
The man’s a powerful sports figure too (F1), so his opinions and says do matter at times.
I’m so happy this design never made it!
This unseen-till-now design proposal for the Bugatti Veyron was penned by Walter de’Silva way back in 1999. The full-scale model, complete with interior, was thankfully rejected by Ferdinand Piech in favor of the better looking but still-aesthetically-challenged production version.
de’Silva, who was head of design at Seat in ’99 was approached by VW’s head of design at the time, Hartmut Warkuss, to submit a proposal for the hyper car’s looks. Giugiaro, which penned the Chiron, also submitted a proposal.