• Aug 15, 2010

World-record breaking Bugatti Veyron Super Sport on the track – Click above for high-res image gallery

Oh what teases those Bugatti folks are. They brought the new Veyron Super Sport to Laguna Seca during classic car week here in Monterey... and did a parade lap at a pace about one-tenth of the car's record-breaking 268-mile per hour top speed. We never expected it to take to the track in anger, but getting out of first gear would've been nice. Despite the slow speeds, we captured a bit of video that we think you might like.

Bugatti also announced a few details about the Super Sport that we hadn't heard before. First, the SS will account for the final 40 Veyrons built in the car's 300-unit run. Second, owners of the Super Sport might be saddened to learn that the car is going to be limited to just 258 miles per hour, 10 mph short of the terminal velocity it reached to set the land speed record for a production car back in early July. Bugatti was a bit tight-lipped on why, so we're speculating it might be the tires. Actually it could be that the gas tank will now empty in 30 seconds while traveling at the car's top speed, but who knows.

Click through and you'll be able to see the black-and-orange SS leading the vintage Bugatti Grand Prix grid out of the pits as they form up for their Saturday race. We've also put together some still images of the über-Veyron during its visit to the track in the gallery below. Enjoy.



Photos and video copyright ©2010 Frank Filipponio/AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Although I belive the tires will struggle quite a bit in that speed on such a fast car, I thin the aerodynamics are the main problem. To gain such a high speed, the car needs to reduce its drag coefficient when hitting 375 km/h. The drag in top speed is actually lower in top speed than in both handling and default cruising mode. I think this will affect stability quite a bit...

      Veyrons different drag coefficients (Cd value) in relation to speed:

      http://www.bugattisource.com/chassis.htm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bah- plug in a VAG-COM and undo the limiter.
      It's right next to the switch that allows the parking lights to come on independent of the headlights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The limit was imposed not because of tires or durability, but because over 260mph and coming off 260mph, the car became too unstable for anyone but a professional driver. Given that the car drives 253mph with the aplomb and all the drama of a '63 Buick out for a country drive, non-professionals would find themselves way in over their heads very quickly. Compound that with the fact that the only place these cars can travel this speed is at VW (Buggatti) test track with the 5 mile straight, and they were looking at an all but guaranteed death/horrific accident of someone wealthy or famous enough to generate more bad PR on their very own test track than it would have been worth. Keep it below 260mph, and all the problems go away.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or VW just omits the cheater mode [top speed]
        and the car becomes drag limited to 255mph (or less)
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's just stupid, i hope there is a good reason for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        um the tires used at Bonneville and the drag strip are "race" tires not street legal tires.......
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are no tires that can guarantee safety at 60mph, going fast is inherently unsafe.

        This tire stuff is a BS argument. Cars go a lot faster than this at Bonneville, cars go faster than this in a 1/4 mile at the strip. If the tires can't do the job, get other tires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason is that there are currently no tires available that could guarantee safety @ 268 mph. The record run could have ended in a horrible accident.
        • 4 Years Ago
        James May said that the car was slightly 'unstable' when braking coming out of 'warp' speed.
        What he doesn't say was if that was the first time he hit the brakes, signaling the transition out of top speed mode into handling mode.
        That is a big change in the aerodynamic properties, and he probably was under 200mph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's because the car's aerodynamics start to fall apart above that speed. James May commented on it when he was driving and the guy who set the record said when he got off the gas after hitting the top speed for the car it changed lanes. The whole point of the Veyron is that it can hit those speeds and do them "comfortably." It seems that once it hits 260 then its ability to do that is seriously compromised.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So it only goes 5 mph faster than the "base" Veyron? Somewhat disappointing, though admittedly we're just quibbling specs on paper here.

      And fuel goes out in 30 secs? I thought it was 16 minutes in the standard Veyron. Is there that drastic a difference from that 5 mph or is the fuel tank smaller?

      And the tires are bs. The record runs were all done on the same set of tires because Bugatti engineers said they'd be fine for repeated use at the limit -- WTF??
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's going to be about a gallon a minute at peak power output.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the SS, 10 cents per second (just fuel costs, at today's prices)
        • 4 Years Ago
        About 2 gallons per minute.
        or better yet
        4 ounces per second on the SS, 3.5 on regular.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who really cares is it is limited at 258 mph vs 268 mph. I would say that 75% or more of the owners of ALL Veyron's never get the car above 200 mph...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So let me get this right... the record for "top speed by a production car" was set by a car that will not be able to purchased as tested? How does that even qualify for the record?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with what you said Farris, it kind of makes the record and everything irrelevant if all the actual production cars can't actual hold true to the record.

        All I can say is that SSC is hell bent on hitting 270 with their new Ultimate Aero TT, and somehow I got a feeling if they hit that they'd sell you anything that was on the record breaking car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point.

        Also, what's the point in buying a Veyron with 200 more horsepower and fancy aerodynamics if it's going to top out only 5 MPH faster than a regular Veyron? Seems a bit ridiculous to me.

        And if the tires are to blame, then why the hell don't they design a tire that will allow 100% of the car to be used, instead of intentionally gimping it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the other Veryon SS better without the orange...
      • 4 Years Ago
      well i guess im not buying this piece of crap anymore. I don't want to drive a car that can't do 268 mph. How fast do Honda's go?
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is so much stupid in this comment section it makes my brain hurt,the reason the limits are on the veyron is because record speed runs aren't made on the autobahn,the tires are prepped,every single bit of the car is inspected,you wait till the ideal time of day,even run with the grain of the road instead of against it.You have to do all that to have a safe 268 mph run that wont result in your tires exploding.The reason the limited is there is so you dont kill yourself.If you look back you'll see 917 porsches with 1500 horsepower in qualifying and group b rally cars with sub 2 sec 0-60 times in gravel but there's a reason why those cars don't exist anymore,people cant handle it and kill themselves.
      So when buggati sits down and says : we can let anyone try and drive at 268 mph but chances are he wont have done all the preparation and he'll kill himself or we can let them do 258 and be safer.
      It takes them 20% more power to do a 6.3% increase in speed.Try and think about how ridiculous the strain on the car is at that point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Completely asinine. Supercars simply shouldn't have artificial limits. That's what regular cars are for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The tires on this thing start to literally DISINTEGRATE after 250 mph. To allow it to reach unsafe speeds is dangerous and probably illegal or a legal liability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with spin

        Its not like the veyron just pulled 8gs or something. 10mph is not going to prevent loss of consciousness. As far as safety goes, I dont think they are saving anyones lives by keeping the speed down 10mph at those speeds. If an accident is going to happen at 260+, it could happen at 250+ just as easily.

        The only reason I could possibly think of is the durability of certain parts (tires?). Think of the centrifugal forces (F=mrv^2). The velocity factor (angular speed) is increasing exponentially. A little makes alot of difference at those speeds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, even Formula 1 cars have artificial limits. The reason being is the squishy drivers can't take higher G forces in the corners without passing out. It's a bit of a harder problem than in fighter jets since in fighter jets the force comes top-down, whereas a Formula 1 car is much more lateral.

        We have the technologically to make the cars faster in the corners. Keeping the drivers conscious? Not so much. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Formula 1 cars don't have artificial cornering limits. Humans can take more than those cars can dish out.

        I do recognize there are limits for humans, but those cars aren't there yet and it's not because of artificial limits.

        Either way, these concerns don't apply to this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone have short memory? Captain Slow did reach 258 mph while professional like Raphanel did an average of 268 mph and explain the strange feeling doing that speed with the contact between street tires and tarmac.
      For average drivers, 258 mph is very reasonable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Supercars aren't about reasonable.

        There are plenty of other reasonable cars if you want a reasonable car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Spin
        Like a Kia Cee'd?
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