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Last week, we told you that the Top Gear crew was smirking about having some sort of involvement in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's land speed record. And while it was easy for us to chalk it up as simple Top Gear embellishment (they did take credit for the erupting Icelandic volcano, remember), it appears that the TG team – James May, specifically – had a pretty big part in all of this record-setting madness. Apparently he wasn't the 267.81-mph record-setting driver, but Captain Slow did manage to pilot the new Veyron Super Sport up to an extremely respectable 259.11 mph, and the high-speed tale is recounted in the magazine's August issue, which should be hitting newsstands as you read this.

This isn't May's first experience with the Veyron, of course. We all remember that the Captain did a similar test run in the standard-spec Bug, hitting 253 mph out on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien high-speed oval. (We have the video available after the jump for those of you who want to re-live the experience.) Now, the one question that remains – is the Super Sport fast enough to finally reconcile that lost race between Hammond and the jet fighter? Hot tips, PS3 and Brandon!


  • 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

[Source: Top Gear]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      There is that Tool form that other thread that had the gall to compare Shelbys' SSC (or whatever it's called) exotic to the Veyron???

      Ones a toy, the other is a precision instrument.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wanna clear, there is no hate for them, but in that thread the ludicrous comparison was made to the Veyron simply because it was fast. Yeah, well there is a hell of a lot more to it than that for the Veyron.
        Those guys are in the same league as Koennigseg (sp?) and a bunch of other low-volume exotic car makers.... not in the same league as Bugatti.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why the hate for the Ultimate Aero? Yah its not as nice inside as the veyron but lay off and gives credit where its due. You may not like the car but the fact is a small car maker with likely a fraction of the budget did take the record for a short time. Call then cit car makers all you want but at those speeds a flimsy body isn't going to hold up so whether or not the car is ugly its sound engineering wise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont think I would have the balls to do that.... can you imagine crashing at 250+ mph ? i mean god lawd....just that thought alone would keep me from going that fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still, could be worse...
      And Michael Schumacher is slower than he (JM) is ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember James saying at the end of the video "That's as fast as I will ever go in any production car ever"

      fast forward a year.. he ups the ante... by another 5mph.. time changes everything...

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard to say if it could ever top the MUCH lighter Gumpert Apollo on the TG track...or if Bugatti would allow it to suffer defeat again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Complain all you want. I haven't seen this video, and I loved it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a very old video btw..


      damn AB keep up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What part of this don't you understand?

        "This isn't May's first experience with the Veyron, of course. We all remember that the Captain did a similar test run in the standard-spec Bug, hitting 253 mph out on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien high-speed oval. (We have the video available after the jump for those of you who want to re-live the experience.)"
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the description read
        "We have the video available after the jump for those of you who want to re-live the experience." in a paragraph referencing to his previous experience with the Veyron.

        Relax guys...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh well I apologize guys
      • 4 Years Ago
      awesome, i don't care how 'easy' the veyron is to drive, 259 is insane!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only TG the magazine wasn't $150. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      But he's Captain Slow ??!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was he using top speed mode, or handling mode?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...magazine article.
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