We’ve been hearing rumors of a faster, more powerful Veyron for a long, long time. Now we have the official photos and info to verify the existence of the most extreme Bugatti Veyron. With 1200 hp coming from the revised 16-cylinder engine, it’s not terribly surprising that thew Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is even faster than the original Veyron. What is surprising is that the top speed jumps all the way to a verified 268 mph.
Bugatti took its Super Sport to the VW Group’s Ehra-Lessien proving grounds outside of Wolfsburg, Germany, for the world record run attempt of the super Bugatti with Bugatti’s official driver Pierre Henri Raphanel at the helm. The Super Sport made two passes, once from south to north and the other in the opposite direction. One pass was at 265.905 mph, the other 269.806 mph, with an average top speed verified by the Guinness Book of World records at 267.855 mph (268 mph).
The Veyron is already astonishing from a performance perspective, and the Super Sport takes it to an even greater extreme, coaxing roughly 1200 horsepower and 1106 pound-feet of torque out of its 16-cylinder engine, onto a limited top speed of 258 mph in order to keep the tires from shredding off of the car. The first five Super Sports to will come in the same configuration as the land speed record car in its orange and black livery.
How’d Bugatti do it? By enlarging the four turbochargers, adding bigger intercoolers to the engine, and extensively redesigning the chassis to handle the extreme speeds. The main-spring travel has been revised and stronger stabilizers shock absorbers fitted and. Bugatti claims a lateral acceleration of up to an amazing 1.4 g. Multiple changes were also made to the Veyron’s body to further improve aerodynamics, and a new, all-carbon monocoque both reduces weight and improves aerodynamic efficiency . If the customer desires, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is available in completely in clear-lacquered exposed carbon on request, although we’re partial to the black and orange.
Here’s the complete release from Bugatti below:
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Achieves New Land Speed World Record
Wolfsburg/Molsheim, July 4, 2010 -Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. announced today that the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport achieved a new land speed world record for production cars, on the proving grounds of the Volkswagen Group at Ehra-Lessien (nearby its headquarters at Wolfsburg). In the presence of the German Technical Inspection Agency (TUV) and a representative of Guinness World Records, the Super Sport achieved an average top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph).
Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 2 pm – Bugatti’s Official Pilot, Pierre Henri Raphanel, puts his helmet and gloves on, pulls the safety belts tight whilst the engineers check the car a very last time: tire pressure, temperature, all systems green . Then the orange black Super Sport crosses the light barrier, from now on the time will be taken, within one hour the car has to drive from South to North and then in the opposite direction. No one but the driver is allowed to touch the car during this time. The tension rises. A few minutes later, we can hear from the left side the sound of a starting jumbo jet coming closer towards us. First, we perceive the headlights of the Veyron, then we can recognize the shape of the car, a loud wooosh…. and Raphanel dashes in top speed past us. The GPS-tachometer stops at 265.905 mph. Now the same procedure from the opposite direction. This time the car reaches 269.806 mph. As average top speed the representatives of the “TUV”and Guinness generate a value of 267.855 km/h (268 mph). This even hit Bugatti’s engineering team by surprise.
“We took it that we would reach an average value of 425 km/h,” explains Bugatti’s chief engineer Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, “but the conditions today were perfect and allowed even more.
The climax of the Veyron series: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Had a model been especially popular or highly successful in races, Ettore Bugatti’s customers often pushed the master to tease out of the engine a few horsepower more for their future car. Bugatti Automobiles SAS had been in a similar situation when their existing customers asked the company to not only design their second model optically differently but to also create a version with a sportier and even more extreme driving experience. The result is a car with a uniquely high performance of 1,200-hp (882 kW) offering experienced drivers a whole new dimension of excitement, with a maximum torque of 1,106 pound-feet of torque and a limited top speed of 258 mph (to protect the tyres) but, the technique of the Super Sport is identical to the record car. The first five Super Sports to come off the production line will constitute a special series of their own, with the same configuration as the land speed record car.
The Super Sport is a consequent further development of the classic exclusive 1,001-hp Bugatti Veyron 16.4, launched in 2005. This model offers a stunning set of specifications, such as the twin clutch gearbox with seven speeds, the extraordinarily precise driving performance in bends and excellent stability when braking and accelerating.
Continuous work in extreme performance ranges lead to constantly new conclusions, which enabled the engineers at Bugatti to develop the Veyron into a direction in which the driver can reach new dimensions. Every modification is designed to produce an even more powerful car for an agile ride. Four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers have been used to boost the power of the 16-cylinder engine, and the chassis has been extensively redesigned to maintain safety at extreme speed. Thanks to slightly raised main-spring travel, stronger stabilisers, and new shock absorbers with a complex architecture originally developed for racing cars. This gives noticeably more precise control of the wheels and the car as a whole. With lateral acceleration of up to 1.4 G and improved interaction between the tyres and the intelligent all-wheel drive system, the Super Sport offers perfect handling and even more powerful acceleration of 1,500 Newton metres on corner exits.
The body has been fine-tuned to improve aerodynamic efficiency and maintain perfect balance in every situation, while the new fibre structure of the all-carbon monocoque ensures maximum torsion rigidity and passive safety – at reduced weight. The skin is made entirely of carbon-fibre composites, and the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is available in 100 per-cent clear-lacquered exposed carbon on request.
Every detail of this car, and not just its use of advanced motorsport technology, harks back to the pioneering spirit of company founder Ettore Bugatti. This brilliant designer came from a family of artists, and his philosophy was always to combine mechanical perfection and exterior beauty. This ethos remains alive and well at the company, and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is wholly unmistakeable, with every external modification serving to coax greater performance from the car.
The Super Sport’s flat, elongated silhouette is immediately recognisable. The 16-cylinder engine gets its air from two NACA ducts set into the roof, rather than from scoops above the engine. The front air intakes have been expanded and reshaped, with the lower one extending elegantly around the sides to the wheel arch. The revised back looks sportier due to the double diffuser and a centrally arranged exhaust system.
Bugatti has a tradition of making super-sport versions of successful models, usually with racing chassis and supercharged engines. These cars were considered as true racing machines for diehard Bugatti devotees. The most successful were the type 55 and type 57S; only around forty of each were built.
Bugatti Automobiles has sold 260 Veyron and 35 Grand Sport by now, of which 249 Veyron and 22 Grand Sport had been delivered. The Super Sport will begin production this autumn at Molsheim along with the Veyron and the Grand Sport. The first five cars – known as the World Record Edition – are in a special black exposed carbon and orange finish and have already been sold.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport will appear for the first time in public in California at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend in mid-August and will be featured at The Quail, Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca and on the concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.