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As the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport readies itself for production, it has just taken production sports cars into a whole different realm – setting a new land speed world record in the proving grounds of Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien. In the hands of Bugatti test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel, the Veyron Super Sport managed to attain two runs of 265.9mph and 269.8mph for an average terminal velocity of 267.81mph – a new production car land speed world record.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport comes equipped with 1200 horsepower (882kW) under the hood, with torque increasing to 1,106 pound-feet. It also comes with a revised aerodynamic kit that allows it to maintain a perfect balance in every situation.

It also employs four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers to boost the power of the 16-cylinder engine. The chassis of the Veyron Super Sport has also been extensively redesigned to maintain safety at extreme speed – thanks to stronger stabilizers, slightly raised main-spring travel, and new shock absorbers with a complex architecture that was originally developed for racing cars.

Bugatti will be starting production of the Veyron Super Sport later this year, and will debut at Pebble Beach in August. The first five cars in the Veyron Super Sport lineup will be dubbed “World Record Edition” and will sport the same orange and carbon fibre finish as the record-setting car. However, you might not quite be able to hit the 269.8 mile record mark, as all the production models will be electronically limited to 257.9 mph.

source: nitrobahn

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