Just last week, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport or SS was stripped of its title as the world's fastest production car after directions from the authorizing committee at Guinness. But that did not keep the French automaker down in the dumps for too long.
Bugatti wasted no time and took its new Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse to the Volkswagen Group's proving grounds in Ehra-Lessein, Germany and clocked a top speed of 408.84 km/h – making the model the faster roadster in the world! The Vitesse was driven by the Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu.
The World Record Car will be unveiled to the world for the first time at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013 in April and only eight examples of the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition will be produced and sold for over 2.6 million U.S dollars.
“When we introduced the Vitesse, we established the top speed for open-top driving to be 375 km/h,” said Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “Still, we could not let go of the idea of reaching the 400 km/h mark with this car as well. The fact that we have succeeded in reaching 408.84 km/h is a thrill for me, and it reaffirms once again that Bugatti is the leader when it comes to technology in the international automotive industry.”
Driver Anthony Liu claimed “Even at such high speeds it remained incredibly comfortable and stable. With an open top, you can really experience the sound of the engine and yet even at higher speeds I did not get compromised by the wind at all.”