Last week, the Hennessey Venom GT laid claim (unofficially) to the world's fastest production car with a top speed of 265.7 miles per hour, but more importantly, it brought to light that the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, may have had an unfair advantage. According to Hennessey, the Veyron SS that topped out at 267.8 mph back in 2010 had a modified speed restrictor, and The Sunday Times is reporting that Guinness World Records agrees.

Guinness has apparently stripped the Veyron SS of its title as the report – as well as Hennessey's claim – says that the standard production version of the Veyron SS has its speed limited to 258 mph, but this was altered just for the test to pick up the extra speed. The rules for the record indicate that the record-setting car must be unchanged from what is available to customers. Since the Venom GT's record is still unofficial, the world record for fastest production car reverts back to Shelby SuperCars (SSC) Ultimate Aero with a top speed of 256.1 mph.

In order for the Venom GT to take this title from the Ultimate Aero now, it must attain its average speed over two timed runs. Perhaps more importantly, Hennessey must also build some fifty identical examples of the Venom GT in order for it to qualify as a "production" car. In the short term, at least, that might end up being the taller order.


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      Kimura
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's Bugatti's own fault for putting a limiter the actual production cars, removing the limiter for the run qualified as a modification of the car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Brian D
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I remember correctly it was Top Gear where a Bugatti Rep said the Veyron was electronically limited to 258 MPH because of the tires. It's a huge liability to build a vehicle that can go faster than the tires are made to handle. It's one thing to have a race car driver doing it on a race track, and another thing to allow 300 vehicles to do it with normal drivers on public roads.
      thinkofanamefast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did they bother with a speed limiter on production models if the were going to choose a speed of 258 max, and yet it could only go 267 unrestricted? For safety, lol?
        crshcrstr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thinkofanamefast
        tires. The tires are not rated to go that fast, so that makes it very unsafe to do so.
      spinftwin
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Guinness requires 50 examples to qualify as a production car, why did they certify the Koenigsegg CCR? It only had 14 examples built...
      johnnythemoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      I didn't know the SSC Aero etc etc was built in more than 10 units. I'm serious, they have been very good at hiding the other forty cars because I've checked a few times in the past in various web-searches.
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 1 Year Ago
      the problem is solved soon anyway. visit the Bugatti facebook page: "The stage is set. It's almost time for us to share the latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance, simply keep a close eye on Facebook over the next few days”. rumors say, 1600HP, 1600kg, 0-60 min ~2 seconds
      chuckpullium
      • 1 Year Ago
      200 plus mph??? Hey, I'm as crazy as the next person who loves driving fast, but, 200 mph on a public road is just plain irresponsible. While on the Autobahn, my rental could only do 112, and that was pretty cool. I passed trucks, but nothing else was going slower. Pretty cool, but that Ferrari that passed me doing ?200?mph crashed about 5 miles up the road. Not a pretty sight. The wreckage was spread out over about a quarter mile. 150 mph belongs on the track with pros driving.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chuckpullium
        Depends on what you're driving and how....a Mercedes 5 liter (1977) was my first experience on the autobahn...It was fine at 130 and still had legs, probably over 150 top end. And brakes that would bug your eyes out. At 112 you're going to get flashed on the autobahn...that's roughly 2nd from left speed on a three lane highway. For the most part, 110 is enough to get by on the autobahn but not enough to cruise in the left hand lane. Just. Don't.
      allforben16
      • 1 Year Ago
      The speed limit where I live tops out at 65 mph. So, what would be the ticket in California for 200 mph over the speed limit?
      Brian D
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Bugatti uses a $50,000 set of tires that only last 30 minutes at top speed before needing replacement. We're getting to the point where street legal tires are the limiting factor on top end speeds.
        rbadman46
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian D
        We may have to use solid tires that are vented for supercars. They would be heavier and the suspension would be stiffer. But a 300 to 600 mph tire should be possible that doesn't need to be replaced even if you drove at 300 mph all day long.
        crshcrstr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian D
        It's true. Keep in mind that the top of the tire is going twice as fast as the car, and the bottom of the tire isn't moving at all (unless your wheels are slipping).
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian D
        Tires are the limiting factor for everything. The car can be as rock solid and unfazed as possible, but at the kind of loads the Veyron generates at speed, the tires are under serious abuse even without slipping. 4500lb loaded with driver and fuel, perhaps another 500-1000lb downforce, it would have to spend a good deal of distance at "warp speed" territory before it could hit top speed.
      Velocity105
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't think 10 mph is going to matter too much to Bugatti Veyron owners who love their cars.
      zero
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sunday Times reported it. Claiming that the electronic limiter (inserted to prevent tires to explode) alters the car performance considering both the running cars and the productions are mechanically identical, I can that BS. Funny how the press forgot that both McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJ200 got record with some modifications. Hennessey will put himself in trouble considering the Venom GT will never be a production.
        zero
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zero
        One more thing why stripping the title of record from Veyron SS does not make sense, reliability and safety. Neither SSC nor Hennessey have heavily to adhere to standard as production car (no crash test data) because both are insured as kit-cars worldwide.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zero
        The McLaren F1 could hit 231 unmodified or 241 with the limiter removed. Either number would have been a record.
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