If Dark Helmet – the character Rick Moranis plays in Space Balls – drove a car, it would probably be the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. It’s big. It’s Ugly. It’s capable of ludicrous speed.
The Texan speed fiends at Hennessey tried to strip Bugatti of its speed title earlier this month. Much to the French makers chagrin, it worked… For a little while. But it didn’t take long for the world’s balance to be restored. Hennessey’s speed claim also wasn’t certified for the Guinness record books.
Hennessey’s argument was that the standing record wasn’t possible in a production vehicle, so Bugatti yanked the speed limiter and is selling a handful as “World Record Cars.”
Bugatti unveiled the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC in Shanghai earlier this month. Interesting as it can be to see such a rare car in person, the clip below offers an account of the convertible cresting 254 mph. This means Bugatti can currently lay claim to the land speed record for both a closed and open-air car.
Of course, this car has the same 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers, 1,183 hp and 1,106 lb-ft of torque.
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