Ever since the 1st car was made by Carl Benz in 1885, its function has been to get people from one place to another faster than they could previously go. But since the late 90s, cars have been designed with an entirely different purpose and that is to go as fast as they possibly can. Companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Jaguar, etc. have all held the title of producing the fastest production car. But in 2010 all of it changed when Bugatti launched their new “Bugatti Veyron Super Sport” which, shattered every land speed record known to man.
This is “Bugatti Veyron Super Sport”, the car that has held the world record for the fastest road car ever built for 7 years and arguable the most well known and iconic car Bugatti has produced.
Design wise this car is not very impressive, with its slightly drooped front end and massive body. This car was built in a time when aerodynamics was only considered necessary in race cars. But even so it does boast some impressive aero features.
Even the interiors were simple but elegant. A three spoked steering wheel with absolutely no buttons or switches to distract the driver, a gear lever in the centre dash area surrounded by all the buttons to control the driving mode of the car and the engine start/stop button.
It has an active rear wing to provide downforce at high speeds, air intakes in the sides to suck in air and cool the engine and that’s about it. Its design was intended to just be a shell for the monster that lurked under its hood.
The Veyron SS weighs an incredible 1,990kgs, which seems to be a lot considering its body was completely made of carbon fibre. Most of its weight comes mainly thanks to its massive engine. The Veyron SS is powered by an 8.0-litre Quad-Turbocharged W16 engine which produces an incredible 1200hp and 1100 lb-ft of torque. This car uses a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission unlike its predecessor that used the Dual-Clutch Direct Shift Gearbox which makes shifts faster and more efficient. Together with that massive W16 engine and the amazingly engineered transmission the Bugatti Veyron SS is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in just 2.5 secs and tops out at 431 kmph (267mph) but is electronically limited to 415 kmph (258mph) for road legal purposes. The Veyron that broke the world record was renamed “Bugatti Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition” and in celebration of this achievement Bugatti built only 30 units that had the honour of being named the same.
Bugatti set the benchmark for supercars all over the world with the Veyron SS, which many car manufacturers seem to be trying to break. Bugatti has held the title of world’s fastest production car for nearly 7 years now, but for the 10 years that Bugatti stuck to creating clones of the Veyron a new car manufacturer came along and snatched the title of world’s fastest production car right out of Bugatti’s hands, that being Koenigsegg. Will Bugatti be able to win back the title it held onto for nearly a decade?
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