Just like boxing’s mythical ’pound-for-pound’ title, the unofficial designation of being the world’s fastest production car doesn’t have any trophies. Sure, there’s the Guinness World Records, but really, the whole thing about which car can hit the highest top speed is a conversation best served for those who really do care about it. Say, somebody like Bugatti who is the current record-holder for the fastest production car on the planet, the Veyron Super Sport. This company clearly lists speed high on their level of priorities and the company’s new CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, is aiming to keep it that way by stating that Bugatti will continue to produce the world’s fastest cars.
In an interview with CAR Magazine, Durheimer made no bones about the company’s obsession with always being the fastest, saying that its a cornerstone of the modern Bugatti philosophy.
’It is vital that Bugatti produces the world’s fastest car,’ he said. It’s hard to take his words with a grain of salt because the company has a history of one-upping cars that take the claim of being the fastest in the world away from them. Remember when the SSC Ultimate Aero arrived and overtook the Veyron in the top spot? Bugatti responded by releasing the Super Sport, a juiced up version of their Veyron supercar.
"It’s human nature," Durheimer said. "We are always going to want to find out who runs the 100m the fastest. It’s the same with cars."
Say what you want about Bugatti’s apparent obsession with being the fastest of them all, but you can’t deny that they’ve come out swinging and hit home runs when the situation calls for it.
Now that we know that the almighty Veyron already has an expiration date - the end of 2012 - it’s a sure thing to expect Bugatti to drill out the last few special edition Veyron models to hit the market before it rides off into the sunset. If we’re to take Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer’s word for it, one such special edition might be a new version of the Veyron Grand Sport that will shop up in the very near future.
While openly shooting down the hope of seeing a Super Sport package for the Veyron Grand Sport, Durheimer did leave the door open for the possibility of building a more powerful version of the vehicle. One that is dramatically less powerful than the Super Sport, but more powerful than what the Grand Sport provides. According to Durheimer, the body of the Veyron Super Sport was specifically designed to improve on the car’s aerodynamic efficiency to be able to handle the massive power generated by the engine it comes with, something the overall structure of the Grand Sport is ill-equipped to handle.
"1,200 horsepower is too much, but more than 1,001 is absolutely possible," he said in an interview with Dutch magazine Autovisie. Hearing that from the horse’s mouth is like Sunday morning gospel. If only we had the money to be even more ecstatic about this piece of news.
In the realm of supercars, there are those that take you by the seat of your pants and toss you around for a wild ride. Those are pretty fun – who are we kidding, those are still awesome – but then you have a completely different animal that grabs you by the soul and shakes you from the inside out. These cars, often dubbed hyper cars, are not pretty and they’re not necessarily comfortable, but rather they are functional bodies wrapped around massive amounts of power with a few seats to plop down those hind sides brave enough to sit in them.
One of the kings of the hyper car world in recent years has been the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. It was already powerful as is, but Bugatti wanted more and created the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, smashing the world record for fastest production vehicle (at the time).
This 2011 Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the ultimate cult car, if your cult consists of folks boasting multi-billion dollar bank accounts and an unscratchable itch to drive the most bad ass cars. But exactly how bad ass is this cult car? We’ll take a closer look and let you know exactly what we think of it with a full review.
To read more, click past the jump and have a look at our full review of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
Just when we thought we had covered all of the special edition Bugatti Veyrons that have blessed us with their presence - remember the Veyron Sang Noir and the Sang Bleu? - a one-off Veyron pops up out of nowhere on a dealer website. The Veyron Grand Sport Sang Blanc was designed in 2010 at the request of a client in the UK and just one year later is on sale for an unrevealed price. The best part is that it only has 448 miles on the odometer.
The Grand Sport Sang Blanc was no doubt the customer’s answer to a tweaked Sang Bleu, which was only offered in a limited run of 20 units. The UK customer requested a Matte Pearlescent White, known as Bianco Canopus Matte, along with a black front grille, painted door handles, black engine covers, black roof rails, and a black exhaust. What was left was a uniquely pure supercar that was limited to only one. Take that, Sang Bleu!
The exterior finish was the only thing that was changed so anyone interested in purchasing the one-off special edition can still revel in the 7993 cc W16 engine that develops a total of 1001 HP at 6,000 rpm. That amount of power will get the supercar up to a top speed of 217 mph.
The list of standard equipment includes: iPOD connection, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, electric folding mirrors, Puccini sound system, additional glass roof, sport seats, white stitching throughout, diamond cut alloys with painted black center, and black brake calipers.
The ever changing timeline regarding the release of the Bugatti Galibier has changed again to an earlier date. In a recent interview conducted by Auto Motor und Sport with Bugatti President and VEO Wolfgang Durheimer, the latter has confirmed that the new Bugatti flagship will be scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2012.
This latest timeline is much closer to previous rumors that have been widely reported in the past, including one that pegged a production date of sometime in 2013. Full details behind the car - it’s tentatively called the Galibier, although it’s reported to be designated as the ’Royale’ - are still being withheld, but you can expect it to be as powerful as any four-door luxury sedan the market has ever seen.
“The car has a much higher value that the Veyron, with lot of trunk volume and a four-seat plus one configuration," Durheimer said. "We are taking into consideration various scenarios, from 500, to even 1,000 or 1,500 units produced."
The Galibier is expected to take the reigns from the Veyron as the latter ends its production in the tail end of 2012. Though not as powerful as the mighty supercar, the Galibier is still no slouch by any measure with a rumored output of 850 horsepower. That much performance will most definitely cost more than just an arm-and-a-leg and it’s looking to fetch a price tag in the vicinity of $1.5 million.
Anybody who’s interested in the Galibier will have at least a year to save up and break the bank. It won’t be cheap, so it might be best to start as early as you can, right?
Oh the tragedy! Many Americans may not be too familiar with Katie Price, but over in the UK, Price is widely known for her television appearances, her lackluster singing career, and her published books. With so many hobbies, we can only imagine that this little harlot has plenty of money to spend which is evident in her newest toy, a Bugatti Veyron.
Price laid out £1million - or around $1.6 million at the current exchange rates - on this beautifully fast supercar and plans on ruining it by painting it pink to match her other vehicles. Yeah, she has other pink cars to boast of. A close source to her said: "She will anger petrol-heads worldwide by turning such a beautiful, iconic machine bright pink. But at least it will match her other cars." Just goes to show that money can’t buy taste.
In addition to the high cost of the supercar, it seems Price has also purchased a rather expensive "F1" license plate. The Sun doesn’t say anything about the F1 plate slapped right on the front of the car, but it looks very similar to the license plate auctioned off in 2008 to Afzal Kahn (Kahn Design owner) for £440,000 (about $880,000). We don’t know for sure, but with the amount of money Price throws around, we wouldn’t be surprised.
Before his premature death four months ago, world famous fashion designer Bijan Pakzad was famous in a number of circles, including both the fashion and auto industry.
Speaking of the latter, the Iranian Pakzad boasted an impressive stable of exotic supercars that have captured the world’s attention for their striking black-and-yellow paint schemes.
Turns out, one of them - his now famous Bugatti Veyron - has been vandalized by some unruly idiot a few days ago. After his death, the Bijan Veyron remained parked in front of his store in Beverly Hills as a way for fans and consumers to admire the car. Unfortunately, one person took his admiration too far, shattering the glass window on the passenger side of the car. Even more amazing, the ridiculous act of vandalism happened in broad daylight, at least according to a source who to spoke to TMZ about it.
Further details behind the incident are being withheld by the police, but if you’re in the area, there’s a good chance to you might see the Bijan Veyron in the same spot it has occupied for a few months now, albeit with a lot of yellow tape wrapped around its perimeter.
Lord knows that prompted the perpetrator to damage such a car that’s owned by somebody who’s already dead, but whatever his intentions are, it’s something that shouldn’t go unpunished.
It was only a matter of time before the blue-jeaned wonder that is Jay Leno would get the chance to drive the fastest production car on the planet. Frankly, we’re surprised it took him so long to get a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport into his famous garage, but considering this is a special Veyron, donned in an exposed blue carbon fiber, it was probably worth the wait. For Leno, of course.
Short reminder: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is powered by a 16-cylinder engine with four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers that have been used to boost the power to a total of 1200 HP. Just after its official launch, the car was entered into the Guinness Book of Records with an average top speed of 431 km/h (267 mph), making it the fastest car in the world.
Make sure you check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport. Pay special attention to the end, where Leno drives the vehicle to determine if it is really worth the crazy price tag it comes with.
Somewhere in Latvia, the minds over at Dartz are probably hunkered down in their shops looking for new ways to come out with some of the world’s most eccentric works.
Regarded as an aftermarket tuning company that has produced some off-the-wall projects, including the Prombron Nagel and the Iron Diamond, Dartz is back at it with a new program specifically for one of the world’s fastest cars, the Bugatti Veyron.
Without proper regard for fine taste and clear aesthetics, Dartz went out and turned this Veyron into a screaming chrome red fireball that immediately draws attention to itself, as if the Veyron doesn’t already do that on its own.
We’ve seen a lot of re-styled paint finishes on the Veyron before - some gaudier than others - but never have we seen something shine in bloodshot red before. The mere fact that it comes with a quad-turbocharged W16 engine that dispenses 1,001 horsepower and a top speed of 260 mph seems to sit a little farther at the back of our minds at this point.
Check out the video of the "Chrome Red" Veyron by Dartz and tell us if that screams attention just by the mere sight of it.
Driving a $1.7 million supercar is everyone’s dream, but few people in this world can actually have the pleasure of doing so. That being said, there are some people in the world that will do whatever it takes to make their dream a reality and Mike Duke from Florida is one of those people. Duke isn’t a millionaire, as far as we know, but the 25-year-old has some ambition and maybe even a future in the automotive industry after putting together a Bugatti Veyron using a Ford Cougar as a base.
Duke’s makeshift supercar was hand-built piece by piece and although it doesn’t have any Bugatti badges and wheels that are a dead giveaway of its guise, the pretend Bugatti could probably fool enough women into thinking it was the real thing. Isn’t that a good enough reason for any 25-year-old to want a supercar? Of course, the crowd of women this vehicle will undoubtedly attract may shrink once they realize this "Bugatti" doesn’t carry its usual 1001 HP engine, but the original 2.5-liter unit.
Talking about his project, Mike Duke said: ""I wanted the million-dollar look without the repair bills, insurance, and huge up-front cost. I’m very happy with the finished result and of course driving around in the car gets more comments than you could ever imagine."
Nice job, Duke. Now start working on the 16-cylinder engine tp put under that hood and then you’ll be in business!