The supercar world is in a tailspin following breaking news that the Bugatti Veyron has been officially stripped of its ‘Fastest production car’ title after holding it for 3 years! The Bugatti earned the title in 2010 with the Veyron Super Sport, and now the Guinness Book of World Records is being forced to retract the long-held title due to an oversight in rules and regulations.
After white-knuckling the title for 3 years, Bugatti has been stripped of it! It is as unbelievable as some of the bizarre records held at Guinness
Apparently, Guinness and the rest of the breathing world happened to overlook the fine print in the rules for title of fastest production car (competitors for the title have reportedly been pointing it out the rule for some time). A PR director for the Guinness Records people made the following statement to explain the situation:
“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the “fastest production car,” which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid.”
In layman’s terms, the rules for the title require that the actual production model sold to the public have the ability to reach the same speeds hit to earn the record, hence, “fastest production car”. Findings of the investigation concluded that the driver of the Bugatti Veyron SS deactivated a speed restrictor in efforts to earn the title. The actual production version of the Veyron Super Sport is electronically restricted to 258 miles per hour, while the record was set at 267.856 mph.
Stoic Bugatti does not seem to be reeling from the loss, releasing the following statement through its own PR representatives: “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 258 mph].” It’s not a hard blow if we lose this title. The Super Sport is more than just a world-record car.”
So…is it that much safer to travel at 258 mph as opposed to 267?
The statement went on relay that Guinness World Records is reviewing all ‘production car’ record categories with expert external consultants to ensure that records fairly reflect achievements in this field.
Who will have the title now?
There is much confusion about the new ‘fastest production car’. Some claim it is the Ultimate Aero, some claim it is the Hennessey Venom GT. While the Venom GT did earn the title of ‘Fastest production car from 0-300km‘ back in January, there is no verification just yet that either car is the new fastest production car in the world.
Not so fast: There is no official replacement just yet, though many auto sites are reporting that there is.
While the Venom is the fastest from 0-60, it remains to be tested for fastest top speeds
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