Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is Reinstated as World’s Fastest Production Car

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Ever since the folks at Guinness World Records stripped the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport of its title as the world’s fastest production car, a legitimate conversation was started regarding what it means to be fast, and what the definition of a production car is (at least to qualify for a Guinness record). There was a lot of speculation which high speed hypercar would be handed the crown from Bugatti’s fallen head. Well, that all ends today, as Guinness has reinstated the SS as the fastest production car in the world.

Hennessey Performance challenged the validity of the title given to the Super Sport on the grounds that the consumer version had a speed limiter in place that was not present in the record-setting car. This effectively made the roadgoing SS max out at 258mph as opposed to the 267.8mph that the verified car reached, which Hennessey argued violated Guinness’s definition of a production car; those rules stipulate that the record-setting car and consumer-purchased models be the exact same. Guinness today justified the legitimacy of the Bugatti by saying in a press release, “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.” If Guinness had not returned the crown to Bugatti, the title would have gone to the previous holder, in this case the Shelby Super Cars Ultimate Aero TT.

Both Koenigsegg and SSC hold that they have cars that will theoretically best the Bugatti, but a high speed run has not been verified for the Koenigsegg Agera R, and SSC’s Tuatara has been on the verge of being released for a couple of years now. There may be manufacturers nipping at Bugatti’s heels, but the French automaker with the giant horseshoe grille is safe, for now.


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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