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Bugatti Veyron is world’s fastest roadster

Bugatti Veyron is world's fastest roadster

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse clocks 254.04mph in record run; eight customer examples to be produced

Bugatti can now claim to have created the fastest open-top car in the world. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse clocked 254.04mph on a run at the Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien proving grounds at the hands of Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu.

The Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, on sale since 2012, has now spawned a special World Record Car (WRC) Edition, which will be limited to eight units. It will be officially unveiled at the Shanghai motor show next week, when order books open for the £2.03 million model.

The WRC is an otherwise standard Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, save for a black and orange paint scheme. Power from its 8.0-litre W16 engine is 1184bhp and torque is rated at 1106lb ft.

Bugatti originally intended for the Vitesse’s top speed to be 233mph with the roof off, but thought that 249mph would be possible. It achieved 249mph in practice runs before going even faster in the official timed run. The record was was overseen by TUV, the German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification.

The coupé version of this Vitesse, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, set a top speed of 267.86mph, a world record for a production car that was ratified by Guinness.

However, it has since been stripped of this record as some examples of the car available for customers to buy had their top speeds limited to 258mph; this is against Guinness’s rules, which state that the record car must be identical to ones customers can buy. Five of the 30 Veyron Super Sports sold were destricted World Record Editions, with the other 25 having the 258mph limiter.

American sports car maker Hennessey is now claiming to make the fastest car in the world after its Venom GT clocked 265.7mph in production trim. However, this record has not been ratified by Guinness.