We’ve learned a few things about Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, in the past few weeks, one of which is his increasingly apparent obsession with the world’s top speed record.
After telling CAR Magazine the importance of Bugatti maintaining the top speed record by saying that it’s "a cornerstone of the modern Bugatti philosophy", Durheimer laid notice to everyone that if anybody wanted to try breaking the Veyron’s record, then they’re going to get a pretty serious fight from Bugatti.
In an interview with Motor Trend, Durheimer had this to say: “You know we have the speed record with Bugatti and there are always rumors around that someone, maybe Koeniggsegg could come, and do another record. No matter where the Veyron project is if someone comes… we would strike back."
Fighting words, indeed.
For now, the Veyron is nearing its run and other automakers, particularly Koenigsegg and SSC, have released their new supercars - the Agera R and the Tuatara - with the intention of toppling the Veyron Super Sport’s 267.85 mph record. But if you heard Durheimer’s words, then all these other brands best be warned. Bugatti’s not conceding the world’s top speed record to anybody without a serious fight.
Snow balls in hell be damned; we’ve got a fight on our hands!