Sunday, April 14, 2013
Bugatti Veyron ‘Fastest Car’ Again
Oops, Guinness World Records has reinstated the title of “World’s Fastest Production Car” to Bugatti Veyron Super Sport after taking it back earlier this week due to a suspected rule violation.
Guiness invalidated the 267.8 mph record when Hennessey Performance claimed that the only reason the Veyron could go so fast was that it had deactivated a 258 mph speed limiter that all of the production versions of the cars are equipped with.
But Bugatti maintained that not only was Guinness aware of the limiter at the time it set the record in 2010, but that any of the owners of the 30 or so cars it has sold can have it deactivated during events held at the automaker’s test track in Germany, allowing them to reach the 267.8 mph top speed.
Having put the matter under thorough review, Guinness has now decided that it is “satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.”