Earlier this week, we reported that Guinness World Records had stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its title – World’s Fastest Production Car. The title was taken from Bugatti after John Hennessey brought to notice of Guinness that the 30 Veyron SS’s sold, had speed limiter.
As per Guinness, the car sold to customer’s should be exactly similar to the one which managed to create the record. In Bugatti’s case, they did sell their customer’s a similar car, that recorded the speed of 267.8 mph (431.072 kmph), but with a speed limiter at 258 mph.
This made Guinness state the following last week, “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 Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid.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.”
Following which, Bugatti stated, “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.”
At that time, Bugatti also said that they would speak with Guinness on the matter and it seems that their talks have resulted in a positive result, as Guinness have now reinstated Bugatti Veyron Super Sport as the ‘Fastest Production Car’.
On their website, they state, “Following a thorough review conducted with a number of external experts, Guinness World Records is pleased to announce the confirmation of Bugatti’s record of Fastest production car achieved by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The focus of the review was with respect to what may constitute a modification to a car’s standard specification. Having evaluated all the necessary information, Guinness World Records is now satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.”
There is still a lot of debate going on who is the fastest. The thing is, if a Veyron SS owner and Hennessey Venom GT owner find themselves on a fine sunny afternoon, on an arrow-straight track, it is the Venom GT that will win. The reason, Hennessey sells Venom GT without any speed limiter, this gives Venom GT a top speed of 265.7 mph, while Veyron SS will be stuck at 258 mph.
Below are videos of both, Veyron SS and Venom GT achieving their top speed. So now, if you have the money, and the option to buy either a SS or a GT, which one would you buy?