2010 Top Gear Awards: May’s Car of the Year
James examines the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, minus bodywork…
Posted: 12 Jan 2011
But its appeal remains cerebral rather than visceral. I know that sounds a bit pretentious, because this is a supercar and the sentiment ought to be more sort of ‘wahey' than anything even remotely chin-stroking, but the contemplation of the Bugatti is even more awe-inspiring than driving it.
The Super Sport does poke around at the fuzzy edge of what is acceptable and even possible with a car, and draws a new boundary a bit further away than the one we're used to. It demonstrates, albeit in a slightly hypothetical way, that aerodynamics are still important at a time when ludicrous power alone is the talk of the Car Bore's Arms.
Without meticulous management of the airflow, the Bugatti would not achieve that remarkable top speed. The issue is not really how fast it is, but how much slower it would have been without this work. It looks like a quest for performance, but in fact it was a quest for efficiency, which is relevant everywhere.