Bad news for the ones and twos of you who bought a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport for the sole distinction of bragging rights: you got the wrong car.
For more than two years, the Veyron Super Sport (yours for a cool $2.6 million Cdn), has held the title of “world’s fastest” production car, with few contenders able to get close enough to nip at its heels. But according to the The Sunday Times, the car had been modified to allowed the test car to hit a record 267.8 mph (431.07 km/h).
That modification cost the Veyron its crown.
Guinness says the car must be mechanically identical to the version sold to customers and that consequently, the Veyron’s record is no longer valid.
Awarded in 2010, the record was put to the test after an inquiry by Driving.co.uk, which alleged that the Veyron did not qualify as a production car because a speed restrictor, fitted to each of the 30 cars sold to the public, had been deactivated.
After testing, Guinness agreed, and the speed demon title was stripped.
So who does that leave in its place?
There’s some fierce debate, but the 1,244 horsepower Hennessy Venom GT is looking like the next best thing. The mouthwateringly beautiful Venom is ridiculously fast, easily hitting a top speed of 428 km/h (265.7 mph).
Bugatti is standing by its world record. “Guinness knew the Veyron’s speed limiter was deactivated but that for safety reasons, cars subsequently sold to customers would have their speed limiters activated (set at 265 mph),” a spokeswoman said.
Which makes sense, because obviously customers would feel much safer knowing their car could only hit a top speed of 427 km/h rather than a death-defying 431 km/h.
More: The new fastest-ever? Watch a Hennessy Venom tear up the runway in a grab for the world record.
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