World’s fastest car manufacturer, Bugatti, can no longer hold that title as Guinness World Records has confirmed to Driving.co.uk that the French manufacturer’s Veyron Super Sport is no longer the fastest car in the world.
The reason for stripping Bugatti Veyron Super Sport off that record, is because, John Hennessey pointed out to Guinness that the 30 cars which were sold as the fastest production cars, came with speed limiters, which would get activated at 258 mph. This means, that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport production car would not be able to touch the officially recorded top speed of 267.8 mph.
In a statement revealed by Guinness, they stated, “It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”
The rule book at Guinness Records for fastest production car clearly states that the car’s which are sold to customers should be identical to the one that sets the record. This is not the case with Veyron Super Sport here, which is why the car has been stripped off its top speed record.
As the record set by Bugatti is completely disqualified (even the 258 mph is not allowed), the new holder for the world’s fastest car is SSC Ultimate Aero at 255.83 mph. But wait, this might soon be broken by John Hennessey’s Venom GT, which reportedly touched 265.7 mph last week. But Guinness did not acknowledge the record as the car did not record speed in both directions.
On the matter, Bugatti says, “Guinness knew the Veyron’s speed limiter was deactivated but that for safety reasons, cars subsequently sold to customers would have their speed limiters activated [set at 258mph]. It’s not a hard blow if we lose this title. The Super Sport is more than just a world-record car.”