Bad news for Bugatti Veyron Super Sport owners: your car is no longer the fastest production car in the world, and is therefore just a slow, worthless orange-and-black eyesore.
The people at Guinness World Records recently declared that the Veyron Super Sport does not deserve the "world's fastest" production car title it was awarded in 2010. According to The Sunday Times, the Guinness folks discovered that the car had been modified with
a cold air intake and some NOS a deactivated speed limiter, which allowed the test car to hit a record 267.8 mph that was also recorded on an episode of Top Gear.
The company claims that the car must be mechanically identical to the version sold to customers. Here's what they said:
“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,” said Jaime Strang, PR Director of the company.
“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 Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid.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.”
So much for that. The Bugatti record was challenged by Hennessey Performance, whose own Venom GT is known to also be absurdly fast.