The latest car, the Veyron Super Sport, driven by Pierre-Henri Raphanel, managed to reach 265.9 mph when driven into the wind at a track at Ehra-Lessien, Germany, and 269.8 mhp on the return journey travelling away from the wind. This gave it an average top speed of 267.8 mph.
It broke the previous land speed record for production cars set by the SSC Ultimate Aero in 2007 with an average top speed of 256.1 mph, and was accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records by officials later that day.
Bugatti’s chief engineer Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said: “We took it that we could reach an average value of 264 mph but the conditions today were perfect and allowed even more.”
The production model of the car will be able to generate 1, 500 Nm of torque and a maximum power output of 1, 200 bhp, however the top speed will be limited to 258 mph in order to protect the tyres.
The new car will also feature stronger stabilisers, new shock absorbers, a completely carbon-fibre body, reshaped front intakes, a modified rear, four enlarged super chargers, even bigger intercoolers, and the usual eleven radiators.
The 16.4 litre W16 Super Sport will begin production this Autumn at Molsheim, Germany.
The first five ‘World Record Editions’ are in a special black carbon and orange finish, but have already been sold. There will however be other models built.