Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life
The new 'Black Bess' GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all
Posted: 15 Apr 2014
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Ah yes, now we can turn our attention to the black and orange instrument of thunder and destruction known as the Super Sport. For once, it is actually a faster version of the garden-variety Veyron.
It gets larger turbochargers and bigger intercoolers to boost power from that venomous 8.0-litre engine to 1,184bhp; the chassis has been tweaked with a raised main spring travel, stronger stabilisers, new shock absorbers and a skin made entirely of carbon fibre composites.
Two NACA ducts on the roof feed new air into the engine, while the front intakes have been enlarged and reshaped. As such, these revisions helped Captain Slow achieve a top speed at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track of 259mph, setting the production car speed record.
Then a man from Volkswagen named Pierre strapped himself in and did two runs.
He posted an average of 268mph, and thus set the record for the fastest production car in the world and more importantly, stole James' thunder. Git.