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As production of the Bugatti Veyron winds toward its eventual conclusion, Bugatti has created what is likely to be the ultimate version of its world-beating hypercar: the Super Sports. Bugatti sent its official test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel out on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessian high-speed oval with the first Super Sports to see just what it could do. With representatives of the Guinness book of records and German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) on hand, Raphanel made passes around the big oval in both directions.

With output bumped up from 1,001 horsepower to 1,200 horsepower, torque swelling to 1,106 pound-feet and a revised aerodynamic kit, Raphanel managed runs of 265.9 and 269.8 mph for an average terminal velocity of 267.81 mph and a new world record for a production car.

The first five production Super Sports will sport the same black and orange finish as the record car and all production models will be electronically limited to 257.9 mph to protect the tires. The Veyron Super Sports will be publicly shown for the first time at the Pebble Beach in August. Click past the break for the full details.

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Landspeed worldrecord with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport takes production sports cars to a whole new dimension
Wolfsburg/Molsheim, July 4, 2010 – on a beautiful sunny day at 25 degrees the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport achieved a new landspeed world record for production cars, on the proving grounds of the Volkswagen Group at Ehra-Lessien (nearby its headquarters at Wolfsburg). In the presence of the German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) and a representative of Guinness Book of Records the Super Sport achieved an average top speed of 431 km/h.

Saturday, 2 pm – Bugatti's Pilote Officiel Pierre Henri Raphanel puts his helmet and gloves on, pulls the safety belts tight whilst the engineers check the car a very last time: tyre pressure, temperature, all systems go. Then the orange black Super Sport crosses the light barrier, from now on the time will be taken, within one hour the car has to drive from South to North and then in the opposite direction. No one but the driver is allowed to touch the car during this time. The tension rises. A few minutes later we can hear from the left side the sound of a starting jumbo jet coming closer towards us. First we perceive the headlights of the Veyron, then we can recognize the shape of the car, a loud wooosh.... and Raphanel dashes in top speed past us. The GPS-tachometer stops at 427, 933 km/h. Now the same procedure from the opposite direction. This time the car reaches 434, 211 km/h. As average top speed the representatives of the "TÜV"and Guinness generate a value of 431, 072 km/h (268 mph). This even hit Bugatti's engineering team by surprise.

"We took it that we would reach an average value of 425 km/h," explains Bugatti's chief engineer Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, "but the conditions today were perfect and allowed even more."

The climax of the Veyron series: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Had a model been especially popular or highly successful in races, Ettore Bugatti's customers often pushed the master to tease out of the engine a few horsepower more for their future car. Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. had been in a similar situation when their existing customers asked the company to not only design their second model optically differently but to also create a version with a sportier and more extreme driving experience. The result is a car with a uniquely high performance of 1,200-hp (882 kW) offering experienced drivers a whole new dimension of excitement, with a maximum torque of 1,500 Newton metres and a limited top speed of 415 km/h (to protect the tyres) but, the technique of the Super Sport is identical to the record car. The first five Super Sports to come off the production line will constitute a special series of their own, with the same configuration as the landspeed record car.

The Super Sport is a consequent of the further development of the classic exclusive 1,001-hp Bugatti Veyron 16.4, launched in 2005. This model offers a stunning set of specifications, such as the twin clutch gearbox with seven speeds, the extraordinarily precise driving performance in bends and excellent stability when braking and accelerating.

Continuous work in extreme performance ranges lead to constantly new conclusions, which enabled the engineers at Bugatti to develop the Veyron into a direction in which the driver can reach new dimensions. Every modification is designed to produce an even more powerful car for an agile ride. Four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers have been used to boost the power of the 16-cylinder engine, and the chassis has been extensively redesigned to maintain safety at extreme speed – thanks to slightly raised main-spring travel, stronger stabilisers, 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 tyres and the intelligent all-wheel drive system, the Super Sport offers perfect handling and even more powerful acceleration of 1,500 Newton metres on corner exits.

The body has been fine-tuned to improve aerodynamic efficiency and maintain perfect balance in every situation, while the new fibre structure of the all-carbon monocoque ensures maximum torsion rigidity and passive safety – at reduced weight. The skin is made entirely of carbon-fibre composites, and the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is available in 100 per-cent clear- lacquered exposed carbon on request.

Dynamic exterior

Every detail of this car, and not just its use of advanced motorsport technology, harks back to the pioneering spirit of company founder Ettore Bugatti. This brilliant designer came from a family of artists, and his philosophy was always to combine mechanical perfection and exterior beauty. This ethos remains alive and well at the company, and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is wholly unmistakeable, with every external modification serving to coax greater performance from the car.

The Super Sport's flat, elongated silhouette is immediately recognisable. The 16-cylinder engine gets its air from two NACA ducts integrated into the roof, rather than from scoops above the engine. The front air intakes have been expanded and reshaped, with the lower one extending elegantly around the sides to the wheel arch. The revised back looks sportier due to the double diffuser and a centrally arranged exhaust system.

Bugatti has a tradition of making super-sport versions of successful models, usually with racing chassis and supercharged engines. These cars were considered as true racing machines for diehard Bugatti devotees. The most successful were the type 55 and type 57S; only around forty of each were built.

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has sold 260 Veyrons and 35 Grand Sports by now, of which 249 Veyrons and 22 Grand Sports had been delivered. The Super Sport will begin production this autumn at Molsheim along with the Veyron and the Grand Sport. The first five cars – known as the World Record Edition – are in a special black exposed carbon and orange finish and 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.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait a second, the top speed of an SSC Tuatara is 276 mph. That's faster. Doesn't that mean that the SSC is the fastest car in the world?
        Maverick Ko
        • 2 Years Ago
        FAIL.... It´s a Projekt !!! The fastest production car is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which achieved a two-way timed speed of 431.072 km/h (267.86 mph) at the Volkswagen proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien near Wolfsburg, Germany, on 26 June 2010. ONLY FOR YOU !!! ---> http://www.guinnessworldrecords.de/world-records/1/fastest-production-car
        Kreshnik Beqiri
        • 2 Years Ago
        they haven't test it yet
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never really liked the looks of this car, but now with this color configuration it just works. Amazing what the right colors; well in my mind; can do for a car
      • 4 Years Ago
      sign me up for the next 24 hours of lemans and lets see what this bad boy can do!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt it would last more than four hours. I love the car, love what it stands for and how it's the epitome of all things automotive, but it's stupid hot at speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do not think turbos are allowed at Le Mans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It can last on Lemans24. Veyron used aeronautic materials for the sake of reliability. Lets not forget all models are tested with 500 km/h at the odometer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure there won't be many complaints from buyers about it being limited to "just" 257.9 mph. That's insane.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think we'll ever see a vehicle of such a complete and amazing caliber for a very long time. Great to be alive when automotive history is made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How lame is that. The tires on the record setting car are just fine at 268 but they couldn't afford to include those on YOUR car. This overpriced overweight slob will be put in its place very shortly by SSC
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first 5 being released in orange/black just in time for Halloween!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a amazing car, really like the exposed carbon fiber. The new body styling and rims looks better. But, why does it have a speed limiter?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, I just looked up the tire specs, they are only rated to 250 mph. But, wow, they cost $25K, and are sized in race sizes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's nice. It's still no McLaren F1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do not think it's better than F1, it's just different. Bugatti is all about luxury while F1 is drivers car. I don't think the Veyron had any chance at Le Mans against it's sister car R15 even if turbos were allowed. Veyron packs everything but kitchen sink in a car that can do 270mph while F1 is optimized for cornering.
        I still think the F1 looks better and is probably faster around top gear test track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yep , it's better than the F1
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does this thing have protruding door handles?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um... So is the record for a 'production' car 267 or 257. If the actual 'production' model does 257 then how can they claim 267.

      All the bragging rights go right out the window if they limit the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever... I know this guy who's pals with this dude that tweaked out a G8GT and claims 242 mph, so I'm not impressed with the Veyron. Oh, I know a couple of other dudes that are named Veyron. That's so whack!
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