Veyron stripped of 'fastest' title

2013-04-08 09:56

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

In April 2013 Guinness World Records stripped the supercar 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.

The  2010 record attempt, featured on TopGear, was investigated by driving.co.uk. The website reported that the Veyron should not have qualified as a production car‘s "speed restrictor had been deactivated".


Jaime Strang, PR director of Guinness World Records, 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 Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072km/h is no longer valid.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.”

The company's rules state that that the car that sets a record must be mechanically identical to those on sale to the public.
If not the Veyron, then what is the world’s fastest production car?

It’s likely the title now reverts to US Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero which recorded 412km/h before the Veyron Super Sport came along.


Bugatti commented: “Guinness knew the Veyron’s speed limiter was deactivated but that for safety reasons cars subsequently sold to customers would have their speed limiter activated (set at 415km/h).”

"It’s not a hard blow if we lose this title. The Super Sport is more than just a world-record car."

Bugatti said it would be seeking clarification from Guinness World Records.


  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2013-04-08 10:32

    LOL..talk about being ANAL...Americans are going to be soooo happy now.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-04-08 11:36

      Unless I cant count, even with the speed limiter off, it will do 415, 2km/h faster anyway?

      Wreford White - 2013-04-08 16:36

      Yes, you can't count......it's 3km/h faster not 2.

      Jack Frost - 2013-04-08 17:57

      Anyone in the know, knows the Koningsegg can beat anything!

  • jeremy thorpe - 2013-04-08 11:40

    So the Shelby managed 412kmh without a limiter - and the Bugatti is LIMITED to 415kmh! So that means presumably the Bugatti is still the fastest car in the world - even though it has a speed limiter. It would be nice if Guinness told us which car is fastest now that it's stripped the Veyron of the title.....

  • Andrew Parsonson - 2013-04-08 13:04

    Hey, typo in the fourth paragraph: "fFastest production car"

  • Stuart Walsh - 2013-04-08 13:51

    Won't it be this one now? The Hennessey Venom GT apparently runs to a top speed of 265mph (425km/h)... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d9y2SFLl44

      Renaldo Gouws - 2013-04-08 22:59

      Do you not know what production car means?

  • Muhammad Sheik Oumar - 2013-04-08 14:22

    For "safety" reasons its limited at 415kmph? Like the car is going to be significanlty safer travelling at 415kmph rather than 430kmph... Eish dudes.

      Dexter Tangocci - 2013-04-09 08:41

      It's got to do with the limitations of the tyres. Top Gear asked Bugatti how much faster than 415km/h can these tyres handle and they replied by comparing it to asking a submarine captain how deep can his submarine go - pushing the limit too far would result in certain death.

  • Marius Claassen - 2013-04-08 16:09

    What is more 'safe' with 415km/h than 431.072km/h?

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-04-09 09:05

    who cares... its a fast toy. cant carry five people. An extension of that thing that was painted on the tarmac at the Nurburgring :-)

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