There was much controversy in the super car world last week, with Guinness stripping the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport of its ‘World’s Fastest Car’ title after queries were raised by rival competitor Hennessy Venom GT over certain modifications the vehicle may have.
Still the fastest car on the block
However, having had its world record for fastest production car called into question, Bugatti is officially back on top of the pile, with Guinness reconfirming the record set in 2010 on Friday after extensive testing.
A spokesperson for Guinness confirmed:
“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.”
It marked a dramatic turn of events this month, with Texas-based car manufacturer Hennessy issuing a press release at the beginning of April claiming its own car had set the world record.
Recorded at 265.7 mph, Hennessy’s speed was 2 mph slower than Bugatti’s existing record, but the American company’s founder, John Hennessy, claimed Bugatti speed-limits its production vehicles to 250 mph and therefore the Venom GT was “the fastest hypercar available to the public.”
Hennessy appeared confident in their claims, which were given more foundation when Guinness took stock and removed Bugatti’s title, commenting: “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 Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid.”
Whilst the world of hyper cars is used to seeing records broken as often as it is familiar with seeing car insurance premiums soar, these particular claims puzzled many in the industry with it having always been common knowledge that the Bugatti production Super Sport is speed-limited to 258 mph, and therefore shouldn’t make any difference under Guinness record requirements.
Having since made a u-turn on their original decision, Guinness appear to have conceded it made an error in stripping Bugatti of its title before completing their own review process. John Hennessey also claims to have ”never disputed Veyron Super Sport’s 267.8 mph Guinness world record,” rather just that the Venom GT’s unlimited speed of 265 mph is faster than that of the speed limited 258 mph Veyron made available to the public.
So whilst the Venom GT may very well be the fastest car available to the general public, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport retains its title as the World’s Fastest Car.