Professional driver Pierre Henri Raphanel just set the production-car speed record in Bugatti’s new Veyron Supersport 16.4. The 1,200 horsepower, 1,106 pound-feet monster propelled Raphanel to a top speed of 269.8 mph on the Ehra-Lessien test track near Wolfsburg, Germany.
What does going 268mph in a Veyron feel like?
Find out after the jump. Plus, take a look at the photo gallery. It’s one hell of an impressive car.
When asked in an interview with 0-60 Magazine what it feels like to go 268mph in a Veyron Supersport, driver Pierre Henri Raphanel said, “It’s basically a mental exercise. Physically, you have to do nothing more than to keep your right foot flat out. But at that speed, if anything happens, you can be sure that you won’t be coming back to the pits to tell what was the problem.”
The Bugatti Veyron Supersport is officially the fastest production-car ever built. Just ask the Guinness Book of World Records. The record keepers, who were on site at the record-breaking event, officially recorded the Bugatti at an average max speed of 267.81 mph! Raphanel said that the difference between going “just” 250 and 268 mph is immense. “You don’t know where it’s going to end up. You don’t have any interaction with the steering because it’s too fast and you don’t want to move anything.” Sounds like a rather stressful situation.
How can a car reach speeds of nearly 270mph you ask? The Bugatti Veyron Supersport has a mind-blowing 1,200 horsepower, that is 199 more horses than its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron. And that 199 hp makes a huge difference. Raphanel said, “Compared to any other supercar in which you feel engine power going down and you shift gears, in the Veyron the power never goes down. It’s always there. With the Supersport, not only is the engine power not going down, it’s increasing.”
Maybe the most amazing thing about the Veyron Supersport is the fact that it wasn’t built just to break records, it was also built to be an everyday car. A very expensive everyday car, but one none the less. Bugatti could’ve built a supercar specifically to break records, with better aerodynamics, and lighter material, but they didn’t. They built an incredibly fast car, that you can drive to the grocery store. Raphanel explained, “The Veyron is an everyday car which you can drive as easily in traffic in first gear as on the other side, which you can go 268 miles per hour.” If you don’t have the 1 million plus to purchase one of these “everyday” cars, don’t worry, you can still appreciate it in pictures.
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