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The billion-dollar Transformers movie franchise, fittingly, will feature a car worthy of someone with a billion-dollar checkbook.
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.
After stripping Bugatti of the title for the fastest production car in the world, Guinness World Records has flip-flopped and confirmed that the title does rightfully belong to the Veyron Super Sport.
Bugatti teased us yesterday with a picture and a caption that read “It’s almost time for us to share the latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance,” and today information has leaked online that the car will be a special edition of the Veyron Vitesse.
It’s sleek, super-expensive and just set a new speed record in California, sticking it to the porky Bugatti Veyron.
The Bugatti Grand Sport Venet is the result of a collaboration between Bugatti and French conceptual artist Bernar Venet, and the brand released a video today, explaining the inspiration for the car, and showing it off.
Bugatti, in a quest to produce what they call the “fastest artwork ever,” enlisted the help of French conceptual artist Bernar Venet, and came up with the Veyron Grand Sport Venet.
It might behove Bugatti to re-visit the tale of Icarus if recent reports about the brand’s next car are correct.
The list of hybrid supercars is growing, and Bugatti might be the next company to jump on the bandwagon with a hybrid variant of the upcoming Veyron successor.
When you create the world’s fastest convertible with 1,200 hp, it’s hard to showcase just how magnificent it is. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse may require a lot more than just a video to do it justice, but this 2:28 clip does comes close.
The French automaker took its latest and greatest creation out to some of the world’s most scenic locations. Armed with a multitude of cameras and high-flying angles, the promotional video on the Grand Sport Vitesse features an epic soundtrack that embodies what the machine is all about — excess.
The Grand Sport Vitesse has 199-hp more than the previous Grand Sport and the 1,200-hp is backed by 1,106 lb-ft of torque thanks to its 7.9-liter W16 powerplant and four turbochargers.
For many of us that will never have the opportunity to ride in one, nevermind drive it, this video is all we have to enjoy.
Watch the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse video after the break.
“We were instantly electrified by the idea of transferring the power of the Super Sport to the Grand Sport, which previously delivered a maximum of 1,001 hp, and thus taking the roadster to a new level,” Wolfgang Dürheimer. The President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. said.
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse boasts 1200 hp and 1106 fl-lbs of torque, which is 199 more than the pervious Veyron Grand Sport. It achieved this monumental power from its 7.9-liter W16 engine through the use of four larger turbochargers.
The company says it safely reinforced the chassis for the convertible to safely deliver that power at all times. That safety is helped by quick-responding dampers that have been adapted from motor racing.
The Grand Sport Vitesse also gets lighter 20-inch “Vitesse”-type alloy wheels that can be seen in our photo gallery.
A new spoiler also goes into the car that is supposed to reduce wind wind noise and buffeting in the interior, something drivers would probably be grateful for considering there is no convertible experience capable of offering rivaled speed or power with a stated top speed of 255 mph.
The Grand Sport Vitesse also inherits aerodynamic measures at the front and rear that appeared on the Super Sport previously. The front end gets larger air intakes to the left and right. Below those intakes, you can see the new front spoiler. In the rear, the car gets a double diffusor and a centrally positioned twin tailpipe.
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is paid to piss you off, it’s what he does best. Maybe someone should have forwarded the memo to Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk.
Musk probably should have taken Top Gear’s pot shots with a laugh and kept doing business, but it’s easy to understand why he might be feeling defensive. His company keeps hitting nasty potholes in the road to success, like the “bricking” problem that apparently compromises the battery system in Tesla vehicles, a costly repair.
This Top Gear drama started back to December 2008 when the show gave a mixed review to the Tesla Roadster. Their program said the car failed to meet its advertised 200-mile range, instead only achieving 55 miles. That figure came from running it on a track where any vehicle would have less than optimal range, electric or otherwise. They also bashed the Roadster for having deficient brakes.
Brakes and range aside, it’s essential to remember that Top Gear is first and foremost an entertainment program. The episode depicted crew members pushing a “dead” roadster into a hangar, though the facts emerged during Tesla’s lawsuit. Surprise, surprise, the car wasn’t dead and the shot was used for effect.
This isn’t terribly dissimilar to the infamous Bugatti Veyron versus McLaren F1 drag race episode, where the show managed to eek out a Veyron victory, only after several F1 first-place finishes. Again, Top Gear is for show first, reporting second.
British Justice Tugendhat threw Tesla’s claims out in October, 2011, saying the company’s lawyers needed to amend their malicious falsehood claims.
The final chapter, (one would assume), in this one-way pissing match closed today. Justice Tugendhat dismissed Tesla’s revised claim which said there were “reasonable grounds to suspect that each of the Claimants [Top Gear] had intentionally and significantly misrepresented the range of the Roadster by claiming that it had a range of about 200 miles in that its true range on the Top Gear track was only 55 miles”.
Hopefully Tesla can move past this cat fight and focus more on the bricking issue at hand. Small car startups have enough problems without taking British TV bullies to court.
Check out Tesla CEO Elon Musk discussing the Top Gear episode in the video after the jump.
[Source: The Truth About Cars]
Last month we reported rumors of an open-top Bugatti Super Sport headed for Geneva, and as it turns out, the rumors prove to be true.
Introducing the Grand Sport Vitesse, the latest and arguably greatest Bugatti Veyron roadster. The Grand Sport Vitesse will receive the same 8-liter W16 engine as the Veyron Super Sport. Its top-of-the-line power plant produces 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to greater force-induction from enlarged quad-turbos. To allow the Vitesse to manage the extra punch, Bugatti has further stiffened its chassis.
Regarding the new Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said, “The rapid success of the Super Sport convinced us to increase the performance of there Bugatti roadster. Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate the Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible.”
While the world’s fastest targa-top may not have the required aero to match the 268 mph top speed of the $2.4 million Veyron Super Sport, the infinite headroom provided in the Vitesse will definitely cost a significant premium. Look for more details as we get closer to the new Bugatti’s official debut at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.