Shotgun in the Veyron Vitesse
One of TG mag's finest adventures over the last 20 years: Africa in the mighty Bug'...
Posted: 04 Oct 2013
The GSV is approximately 200bhp more powerful than the regular Grand Sport, thanks to the fitment of larger turbochargers (four of them) and new intercoolers. There are new fuel pumps (four of those, too), borrowed from the SS, to handle the GSV's even more manic combustion requirements. The drivetrain's components have been beefed up, the DSG's innards reinforced, and the brakes and brake cooling improved. There are new dampers, to quell pitch and dive under acceleration, and the ESP stability management system has been adjusted to intervene a little later than before. Apparently, the Veyron can generate lateral acceleration of 1.4g, which is just another in its armoury of amazing statistical facts.
I'm not sure I have the stomach for 1.4g. It's not on the cards today, whatever, because we're here to do high-speed, straight-line stuff. This, I can handle, even if Jacques' moustache is twitching. VW's test facility has an arrangement with the South African government that permits them to run at speeds up to - a flexible - 124mph, so, thrillingly, we get a sticker that reads ‘high speed test vehicle approved by government' on the Veyron. Black on yellow, it even looks like a British registration plate.
Jacques is at pains to point out that this does not constitute a ‘get-out-of-jail-free' card.