• Jul 10th 2010 at 11:07AM
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Pierre Henri Raphanel in the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

We hate to be the ones to break this to you, but chances are you will never manage to drive 267.81 mph. That's OK though, because neither will we, nor will the fair majority of humanity. Speeds of 250+ mph plus are relegated to the select few who have played their cards right enough to become factory test drivers for the likes of Bugatti. Such is the case with Pierre Henri Raphanel, the guy who just piloted the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport into the history books.

0-60 magazine phoned Raphanel to discuss his recent run down the Ehra-Lessien track and found out just what it takes to put your right foot down and hold it there well beyond the point when your sane mind tells you to let off. Raphanel gives up some really interesting details. For instance, running the course backwards presents unique challenges, as the grain of the asphalt wreaks havoc on the direction of the vehicle at speed. Hop over to 0-60 for the full read.It's a good one.


  • 26.06.2010 Bugatti Super Sport, Guinnessbucheintag mit 430 km/h Ehra Lessien/Wolfsburg Foto � Bugatti / Jens Koch Pressefoto fuer Redaktionelle Nutzung ist Frei Tel.: +49.(0)178.8517610 email: info@kochfoto.de web: www.kochfoto.de Bankverbindung: Stadtsparkasse Koeln BLZ.: 370 501 98 Konto: 26 23 39 57
  • 26.06.2010 Bugatti Super Sport, Guinnessbucheintag mit 430 km/h Ehra Lessien/Wolfsburg Foto � Bugatti / Jens Koch Pressefoto fuer Redaktionelle Nutzung ist Frei Tel.: +49.(0)178.8517610 email: info@kochfoto.de web: www.kochfoto.de Bankverbindung: Stadtsparkasse Koeln BLZ.: 370 501 98 Konto: 26 23 39 57
  • 26.06.2010 Bugatti Super Sport, Guinnessbucheintag mit 430 km/h Ehra Lessien/Wolfsburg Foto � Bugatti / Jens Koch Pressefoto fuer Redaktionelle Nutzung ist Frei Tel.: +49.(0)178.8517610 email: info@kochfoto.de web: www.kochfoto.de Bankverbindung: Stadtsparkasse Koeln BLZ.: 370 501 98 Konto: 26 23 39 57
  • 26.06.2010 Bugatti Super Sport, Guinnessbucheintag mit 430 km/h Ehra Lessien/Wolfsburg Foto � Bugatti / Jens Koch Pressefoto fuer Redaktionelle Nutzung ist Frei Tel.: +49.(0)178.8517610 email: info@kochfoto.de web: www.kochfoto.de Bankverbindung: Stadtsparkasse Koeln BLZ.: 370 501 98 Konto: 26 23 39 57
  • 26.06.2010 Bugatti Super Sport, Guinnessbucheintag mit 430 km/h Ehra Lessien/Wolfsburg Foto � Bugatti / Jens Koch Pressefoto fuer Redaktionelle Nutzung ist Frei Tel.: +49.(0)178.8517610 email: info@kochfoto.de web: www.kochfoto.de Bankverbindung: Stadtsparkasse Koeln BLZ.: 370 501 98 Konto: 26 23 39 57
  • 26.06.2010 Bugatti Super Sport, Guinnessbucheintag mit 430 km/h Ehra Lessien/Wolfsburg Foto � Bugatti / Jens Koch Pressefoto fuer Redaktionelle Nutzung ist Frei Tel.: +49.(0)178.8517610 email: info@kochfoto.de web: www.kochfoto.de Bankverbindung: Stadtsparkasse Koeln BLZ.: 370 501 98 Konto: 26 23 39 57

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy is a maniac
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't Top Gear claim to have some involvement in the record setting run? Maybe this guy is The Stig.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a nice car but I don't see any cup holders.

      ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      yes, all very important - but far more important; what the hell kind of watch is that??

      it's not the parmigiani fleurier made bugatti 370, but it looks like its made by them..
      • 5 Years Ago
      This new Veyron looks incredibly ugly, with that new paintjob. Totally not Bugatti style.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, but the Stig can get any car to 267 mph.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why should I care that he drove a million dollar car at 267 miles per hour when my $100 dollar plane ticket gets me to chicago with speeds of nearly 530 mph?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most likely because a Bugatti Veyron doesn't cost $80 million... unlike that Boeing 757 that gets you to Chicago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is that Arly Ermy in that helmut ?? But 267 is very impressive for a piston powered car
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a Petrolhead i would say hes my Hero.
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh. i see how it is. somone goes fast in a fast car and everybody forgets about the stig. how conveinent.
        JK, he seems like a great driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heard in Disney World they have a track and they let people go as fast as they can on it. Their driver is sitting next to you to make sure you do not screw up.

      I am not sure if you'll be going 267.81, but it will be fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All this sounds great but when will we actually GET A VIDEO of the records being broken?

        • 5 Years Ago
        I control a vehicle going 600+ mph about half a dozen times a month...


        I'm a pilot!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's called the Richard Petty Driving Experience. It's nothing too special. You drive around a oval track about a 1/2 mile-1 mile long (just guestimating from seeing it) in a de-tuned NASCAR. You get up to about 140 mph and yeah, someone is in the car with you. Unfortunately, it's also fairly expensive and they only let you do a few laps at a time.
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