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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.

By Clifford Atiyeh Apr 11, 2013 12:15PM
Bugatti already built the world's fastest convertible, and now it's made another one so that guy in Texas can shut up a little while longer.

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.

[Source: Bugatti]
155Comments
Apr 11, 2013 2:07PM
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If I hit 254 in my car it would become a convertable
Apr 11, 2013 2:04PM
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Hi fellow Bloggers. If you ask why would they biuld it? Why would you want it? Who could afford it? Look at it this way; maybe it is not for the likes of us, but some day the materials used to achieve what they have done will one day be available to the rest of us in vehicles that will get a 100mpg or allows us to drive 1000 miles per charge. You never know, As for me, Its Impressive.
Apr 11, 2013 1:55PM
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Good now Jay Z and Beonce can leave and go back to cuba faster.......F....Y`all

Apr 11, 2013 1:44PM
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"Tuner Shop?" LOL!!! Stupidity apparently doesn't preclude one from writing for MSN Autos.
Apr 11, 2013 2:53PM
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So what happens when you hit a tree going 75 MPH, Most likely DOA. What happens when you hit the same tree going 256 MPH you are DOA and so is the tree
Apr 11, 2013 1:44PM
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i think setting the limiter of ANY production vehicle at an even 250 mph would cover most real-life driving situations one might encounter.
Apr 11, 2013 3:14PM
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It's like owning  semi-automatic firearms.  What real world use is this vehicle or these firearms?  The question is irelevant.  In the hands of competent law abiding citizens I should be able to own any of the above.
Apr 11, 2013 2:57PM
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I'm all for technology that can eventually be applied to something we actually can drive on the street.  

Like the Chevrolet Corvette......best value and bang for the buck IMHO.  
Apr 11, 2013 2:48PM
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That car is not near as fast as Tiger Woods,  just ask his sweeties.
Apr 11, 2013 2:51PM
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if you have not already done so, check out some of the stats on this car.  things like how fast it burns up it's tires, how fast is uses gas, how much air it sucks in.  this car truly is an engineering feat
Apr 11, 2013 2:23PM
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That is one bada*s Bugatti!! MSN, Hennessey is anything but a 'tuner shop'!!
Apr 11, 2013 3:54PM
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Only way my little Ford could go 268 mph is off a cliff and that would be a one direction trip.
Apr 11, 2013 2:13PM
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And then a bus pulls out in front of you ...
Apr 11, 2013 4:06PM
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Bugatti Blast,

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 ~

Apr 11, 2013 1:52PM
Apr 11, 2013 2:10PM
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go to youtube..watch this guy wreck his

Bugatti Veyron Lake Crash

Apr 11, 2013 3:08PM
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Will it get me to work faster than my Toyota pick-up?
Will it save me time which will allow me to make more money at my job?
Will the 2+ million price tag ever pay off in cost savings for my business?
Is there any upside for me?
Well yeah I will look cool when I get a speeding ticket.
Apr 11, 2013 1:53PM
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Your going to need a good mechanic to get in there and pull all the crap off that made it street legal and available to purchase in the USA. Then you might have some fun but good luck finding someplace to drive it. I guess if your rich enough to buy one you can afford to rent some time on a NASCAR track.
Apr 11, 2013 2:19PM
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I'll take it!  Catch me if you can.
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