Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car
Bugatti may have lost its title of producer of the world’s fastest car (the title simply reverted back to previous holder SSC of America), but the automaker still has a world record under its belt, and that’s the record for the fastest open-top car to ever be produced.
The record has gone to a special version of the existing Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which was recently driven to a top speed of 254 mph with its roof completely open by Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu.
The top speed was set at the Volkswagen Group’s famous Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, where this stunning photo was taken.
It shows the special Veyron, whose official title is Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car. Eight examples of the car will be built, with the actual record breaker set to appear in public for the first time at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show next week.
The regular Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse can hit a top speed of 255 mph, though with its roof removed (all Veyron Grand Sport models feature a removable roof piece that can only be stored outside the car) top speed is limited to 233 mph.
For the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car, this speed limit was removed.
You’ll also notice from the photo that the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car gets some unique visual treatments. These include a powerful dual-color scheme in black and orange.