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2013-04-15 08:05

RETAINING ITS CROWN: It may have been touch-and-go for a week in April but Guinness World Records has reaffirmed Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport’s status as the world’s fastest production car.

LONDON, England - Earlier in April 2013, we reported that Guinness World Records stripped Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport of its title for "breaching the rules” because the car's speed limiter was disconnected before running to 430km/h. The disengagement was apparently done during the run.

Since 2010 the R23-million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has held the title 'fastest production car in the world'.

'LIMITER DEACTIVATED'

PR director of Guinness World Records, Jaime Strang, 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.

“As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072km/h is no longer valid. Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”

A week following the controversy, Guinness World Records has restored the Veyron's "world's fastest" title.

'WE'RE NOW SATISFIED'

Explaining its decision to revoke the record, Guinness said, “As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this was against the official guidelines. Consequently the car’s record is no longer valid.

“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.”

So while other automakers, such as the Hennessey Venom GT or Koenigsegg Agera R, may claim to build the fastest production car in the world, according to Guinness, it remains the Veyron Super Sport.

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