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
Well, metaphorical sweat. Your actual perspiration is inescapable, because we are deep in the South African veldt; it's summertime in this part of the world, and the mercury is nudging 38 degrees. Strap yourself into a Veyron - which is basically a portable power station - in these sticky conditions, and you learn all you need to know about ‘heat soak'. Even if the roof is off and you're being ventilated at high speed.
But then that's the whole point of this mission. The GSV is effectively the Veyron Super Sport with a detachable roof panel, so more than ever this is a car that's designed to be usable on a daily basis, right across the spectrum of its awesome abilities. This is obviously no mean feat in a vehicle that features 1,187bhp - yes, you read that right - and 1,100lb ft of torque. It absolutely shouldn't work, and it certainly shouldn't do its thing without throwing the odd Elton John-style hissy fit. But it does.