Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest convertible in the world
While Bugatti's other speed records are up for contention, no other car can hit 254 mph without a roof.
The latest Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse hit 254.04 mph with the roof off on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track, a closed loop of two 5.6-mile straightaways unlike any stretch of tarmac or salt flats on the planet.
Originally, the Grand Sport Vitesse was limited to 233 mph due to air turbulence, but Bugatti made a roof spoiler and some kind of "intricately designed windbreak" to effectively allow the most hellish headwind mankind can feel while still on the ground.
Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu took the wheel in the weeks prior to the Shanghai Auto Show, where Bugatti is expected to reveal a World Record Car edition commemorating the speed and another Veyron that reportedly will pack at least 1,600 horsepower, as opposed to the 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque in the Grand Sport Vitesse.
In 2010, Bugatti set the record for the world's fastest production car with the Super Sport coupe, which hit 267.86 mph on the same track.
And that's where we get back to the guy from Texas, John Hennessey of Houston's Hennessey Performance, who recently claimed his supercar beat Bugatti at several record attempts.
In January, Hennessey took a Guinness World Record for the quickest acceleration in a production car from zero to 300 kph. He later bragged, unofficially, that his 1,244-horsepower Venom GT hit 200 mph a full eight seconds before the Veyron Super Sport.
Earlier this month, Hennessey said the Venom GT was also the fastest production car in the world, despite posting a slower speed than Bugatti's 2010 world record.
Apparently, even Guinness is knocking Bugatti's prior record since it achieved the near-268-mph speed by deactivating a limiter that was fitted to the production models. And Bugatti's latest run was done in only one direction, not two, which normally is required for a speed record.
Does this spat between a Texas tuner shop and a multibillion-dollar automaker really matter? In this age of conservation and eco-friendliness, we're just happy fights like this can be fought at all.
Good now Jay Z and Beonce can leave and go back to cuba faster.......F....Y`all
After finding a good road in the middle of frigging nowhere what a huge adrenaline rush it would be to crank up some ZZ-Top, stab the gas and blast through the gears with a 1,200 HP topless sled like this Bugatti! If some car enthusiast with an endless supply of moolah can afford to buy one of these multi-million dollar road rockets and have some fun, what the Hell...more power to them. I'd settle for just being able to ride shotgun in this spaceship.
Peace to all ~
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