The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport; Bugatti has released dozens of special editions of its iconic super car over the past few years. The old model originally smashed all the speed records for production cars, but recently has been overtaken by a few lightweight hyper-cars. Perhaps that is why Bugatti decided to strip 300kg of weight out of the original by replacing the majority of the bodywork with carbon fibre. The Veyron Super Sport features an engine power increase from the standard 1,001 metric horsepower (736 kW; 987 bhp) to 1,200 metric horsepower (883 kW; and torque of 1,500 N·m and a revised aerodynamic package. It was shown publicly for the first time at the “Pebble Beach Automotive Week” in August 2010.
The Bugatti's official test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel drove the Super Sport version of the Veyron on Volkswagen's high-speed test track to establish the car's top speed. With representatives of the Guinness Book of Records and German Technical Inspection Agency (TUV) on hand, Raphanel made passes around the big oval in both directions achieving an average maximum speed of 431.072 km/h. Once produced for sale, the first five Super Sports will sport the same black and orange finish as the first production car, which was used to set the speed record, and all production models will be electronically limited to 415 km/h as their top speed in order to protect the tyres. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is probably the fastest car on earth!
For the long-anticipated Veyron Super Sports, which follows in the footsteps of upgraded Super Sports models from the marquee’s history, Bugatti has tweaked the engine to produce an extra 200 horsepower over the “standard” model’s 1000. As for styling changes, Bugatti has significantly redesigned the roof. Gone are the huge air intakes just beyond the roof, which have been replaced by air intakes that now seem to be built into the roof structure. The engine bay in the standard Veyron is completely open to the elements, but the Super Sports now features a semi engine cover, which significantly helps improve aerodynamics, while still allowing the hot power plant to breathe.
The resulting 1200-horse power output, combined with revised aerodynamics, was enough for Bugatti to claim the land speed record at 430 kilometres per hour, achieved at parent company Volkswagen’s proprietary Ehra-Lessian test track in the presence of officials from the Guinness Book of World Records and the German Technical Inspection Agency, making it official. Unfortunately, Bugatti only intend to produce 30 of these new Veyron’s, meaning that most of us will probably never see or drive one. And the increased performance also means an inflated price tag of US$1.6. Even if this car was readily available, how many people would be in position to afford it? That said and done, it leaves one wondering as to where (what road) would such a speedy monster be driven on? This speed is far beyond the highest speed limits allowed by any country!