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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport revealed - sets 268 mph land speed world record

 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport revealed - sets 268 mph land speed world record
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport 05.07.2010

The Veyron Super Sport had a best run of 434 km/h

Bugatti has unveiled the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport - its promised 1,200 horsepower version of the Veyron model - which has now set a new land speed record of over 430 km/h (268 mph).

On Saturday afternoon (July 3) at the Volkswagen Group's Ehra-Lessien track near Wolfsburg, Germany, the Veyron Super Sport set an average top speed rating of 431,072 km/h (268 mph). Piloted by Bugatti test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel, with German inspection officials (TÜV) keeping watch, the car topped out once at 428 km/h and second time at 434 km/h. A representative of the Guinness Book of Records was on hand to witness the new world record.

"We took it that we would reach an average value of 425 km/h (264 mph), but the conditions today were perfect and allowed even more," said Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Bugatti's chief engineer, in the press release.

The 1,200-hp (882 kW) and 1,500 Nm (1106 lb-ft) of torque of the Super Sport represents a 200 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) increase over the standard Veyron. Bugatti engineers achieved the power upgrade by using four enlarged turbochargers on the 8.0 liter, 16-cylinder engine along with larger intercoolers. The Veyron Super Sport also gets a chassis tuning with a higher main-spring travel, strengthened stabilizers and racing-grade shock absorbers.

The street prowling version of the Veyron Super Sport, though, will be electronically limited to 415 km/h (258 mph).

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport will make its first public appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California in August.

Source: Bugatti

Land speed world record with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport takes production sports cars to a whole new dimension

Wolfsburg/Molsheim, July 4, 2010 - on a beautiful sunny day at 25 degrees the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport achieved a new landspeed 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 (TÜV) and a representative of Guinness Book of Records the Super Sport achieved an average top speed of 431 km/h.

Saturday, 2 pm - Bugatti's Pilote Officiel Pierre Henri Raphanel puts his helmet and gloves on, pulls the safety belts tight whilst the engineers check the car a very last time: tyre pressure, temperature, all systems go. 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 427, 933 km/h. Now the same procedure from the opposite direction. This time the car reaches 434, 211 km/h. As average top speed the representatives of the "TÜV"and Guinness generate a value of 431, 072 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 S.A.S. had been in a similar situation when their existing customers asked the companyto not only design their second model optically differently but to also create a version with a sportierand more extreme driving experience. The result is a car with a uniquely high performance of1,200-hp (882 kW) offering experienced drivers a whole new dimension of excitement, with a maximum torque of 1,500 Newton metres and a limited top speed of 415 km/h (to protect them 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 landspeed record car.

The Super Sport is a consequent of the 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.

Dynamic exterior

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 integrated 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 S.A.S. has sold 260 Veyrons and 35 Grand Sports by now, of which 249 Veyrons and 22 Grand Sports 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.

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 07SuperchargedSS 07SuperchargedSS
really cool car, but i dont think i could buy one if i had the money. i would spend the 2 million dollars on 20 good cars, not 1 great car. audi's bmw's a ferrari or an aston would be better. where are you gonna go 415km/h? a DBS is way sexier.
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August 7, 2010 8:16 pm
 vilivo vilivo
well, just look at this, same ppl that defend the US cars against the europeans (ie. the debate of the 9 liter viper vs. 4litre M3, etc.), are now dissing the veyron because it has a bigger engine than the ssc. Stop hating guys, the Veyron is an engineering masterpiece - a halo car for the entire VWAG, and unlike any other before it. Sure, one could argue ms. Force's Mustang accelerates faster, and mr. Hamilton's McLaren is better round a track, but, in the grander scheme of things, there is NO direct competitor to the Veyron.
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July 7, 2010 5:09 am
 mohaon mohaon
SSC Aero looks nasty,, real nasty next to the veyron
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July 6, 2010 11:19 pm
 Xanavi23 Xanavi23
@Uberzeros earlier reply. "You still don't get it, do you? Veyron is built like an jumbo jet using the same exotic materials and method not found in majority of car industries." YOU still don't get it do you? These space aero age technologies and materials are things i couldn't careless about. Yes they make for amazing performance but their price in building and manufacturing of the Veyron leaves me with absolutely no interest. What good are space age materials if one, a simpler design does a similar good job(SSC and Top Speed) and 2, your car at the end of the day is as heavy as WWI tanks. "Ah the infamous half-cylinders amount discussion. Number of cylinders is irrelevant when it comes to power or torque, after all you can get same output with even a single stroke engine. The key is reliability, torque at low rpm. The reason why SSC does not cost much is due to the fact it is built with a kit car budget (not worth the USD 650,000 tried to sell)." I don't need an ad-wiser to lecture me on the benefits of a larger displacement, less stressed engine design but nevertheless while its the first engine of its kind(this much power) i don't find anything particularly amazing with a motor that has this volume of displacement or this much forced induction. You may find a well built excessively large engine appealing, i do not, the Vipers V10 is about the biggest size any cars engine should be. At the end of the day despite your snide remarks on the SSC it does a similar jopb at half the price but feel free to make any excuses for this pathetic Veyron. "Good luck getting an Ultimate Aero. Many independent car magazines tried in vain to contact the company abot testing it to not available. The reality is SSC Ultimate will never be a production car (it failed to reach the 25 produced and sold quota criteria), just a project no different than Vector." Even if i can't get an aero, whats your point? I STILL wouldn't want a Veyron. Rather than buy a Veyron, i can't buy an Aero? Big whoop, there's so many other cars i'ld rather own than a Veyron. Instead of a Veyron, i could buy a GT2 911, a Viper SRT-10 and an SL65 AND have money to modify the HELL of out them with aftermarket turbo systems of the highest quality among many other areas of said cars addressed. Also with the money saved from buying this exercise in unnecessary car design, you could probably buy a 4th car like an X5 or Tahoe so that you have a car to just cruise around with when you just want to relax and drive. I would muuuch rather do this than waste money on a car like the Veyron. This is just one idea as how this much cash can be better spent on other cars than the Veyron. So basically you said alot of hoopla that means nothing to me. Even with the Aero, top speed is fun but im a road course kind of guy so im more inclined to balanced performance. They Veyron due to its electronic nannies and whatever else may be competent around a track...but its a lard-@$$ and doesn't offer the type of handling lighter cars do even if it posts the same time.
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July 6, 2010 11:54 am
 Lamborghini Lamborghini
@bbrs: My thoughts exactly. Veyron is incomparable and the best. Period
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July 6, 2010 12:25 am
 PawL PawL
what about the 300 kg loss that were anticipated?!?
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July 5, 2010 8:47 pm
 bbrs bbrs
@Joe Lemon; Aluminum chassic? What are you talking about? The Veyron has CF monocoque fuselage, just like an airplane! The front frame is made of aluminum, while the rear frame is made of high grade srainless steel! New interior technology? Well, it's not Lexus or Toyota, it's BUGATTI! It doesn't need 3 splitview ultra-mega HD tv screens or something like that. It has seat heaters, air condition, Burmester state of the art sound system which is hand made...just look at the window switches! They are made of aluminium and leather...attention to detail is like nowhere else!
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July 5, 2010 7:04 pm
 BadMrSnake BadMrSnake
time to get the Veyron killer back out, The Hennessy Viper!
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July 5, 2010 6:33 pm
 M! M!
nice. with all the challenges they had packaging and cooling this massive engine and turbos, now they manage to spec out 20% more. i am sure some owners want an upgrade. as for the color scheme, i think they could have done something more appealing.
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July 5, 2010 3:38 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
Why is it limited? You have 200hp more and only a 8km/h higher topspeed.
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July 5, 2010 3:16 pm
 PONTIAC G8 GXP PONTIAC G8 GXP
Nice car :) But will it beat Ferrari FXX on the Nurburgring?
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July 5, 2010 3:08 pm
 jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
amazing, impressive, massive are some of the adjectives that come to mind...but so does ugly, odd, tacky!
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July 5, 2010 2:59 pm
 xLumino xLumino
great colour-sheme. The Bugatti is impressive, but not more to then an marketing-vehicle to me
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July 5, 2010 2:03 pm
 fred123456 fred123456
This Veyron is nice ride but I would expect a little more from that type of power but all in all great job and keep the top speed coming (thumbs up)
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July 5, 2010 1:53 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Ordinary Veyron + 911 GT3 RS = This. Now this is a Bugatti I actually like!
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July 5, 2010 1:39 pm
 International International
"The street prowling version of the Veyron Super Sport, though, will be electronically limited to 415 km/h (258 mph)." Thank God they limited the speed to 258mph, because at 268mph you might crash and die.
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July 5, 2010 12:13 pm
 supercharged supercharged
Take that SSC Aero !
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July 5, 2010 11:24 am
 997-GT500-STI 997-GT500-STI
Very impressive however, in normal conditions the tires will last a few minutes, and the car & driver at that speed will be reduced to carbon dust… :/
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July 5, 2010 11:10 am
 Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Not really an accomplishment given the engine design. 16 Cylinders, 4 turbos and 8 radiators ? Not really impressive nor is it an accomplishment especially when the car costs well over a million. The SSC might be ugly as sin, but it uses half the cylinders half the turbos and at most a quarter of the radiators...also it doesn't cost nearly as much. Sure the Bugatti has luxury...but ild rather buy an SSC Aero AND another 2-3 cars left over from NOT buying a Veyron.
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July 5, 2010 11:04 am
 pitsillos pitsillos
Bugatti Airways !
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July 5, 2010 10:57 am
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