Bugatti Veyron: Records Fastest Car on The Planet

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Bugatti Veyron

: Records Car on The Planet


The Bugatti EB 16.4 is a mid-engined full-sized touring car, one of the fastest and expensive production road ever, with a top speed of (268.0В mph). Designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and produced by Automobiles SAS.

Last a Bugatti Supersports 16.4 267.81 mph, officially it the fastest production car on the planet. Spinelli, former Jalopnik and current editor of 0-60. with the brass-balled test that did it. —Ed.

Bugatti driver — er, pilote official — Henri Raphanel set the production-car record in Bugatti#8217;s new Veyron 16.4. The 1200-horsepower, 1106-pound-feet propelled Raphanel to timed of 265.9 and 269.8 mph on Volkswagen#8217;s test track near which, according to the Guinness averages to a V-max of 267.81

That#8217;s more than to bring the title of world#8217;s production car back to the VW fold. We the former F1 and Japanese touring-car to get his take on what it#8217;s to approach the 270-mph mark in a car, why the forest is his friend, and or not he#8217;s up to trying for 300.

does going 268mph in a feel like?

It#8217;s a mental exercise. Physically, you to do nothing more than to your right foot out. But at that speed, if happens, you can be sure that you be coming back to the pits to what was the problem. And that is is making the pressure, the excitement. The before I could not sleep I was so stressed.

When I woke up, I looked at the [clock] and it said 4:27. And the day on my first run I did 427 kilometers per hour. And two after setting the record I to sleep badly because of the and the adrenaline and I was waking up at 4:26 and was I was also cooling down and the on the clock was also slowing

As a driver, is there a difference going 268 mph and going, say, 250?

When you#8217;re 250 in a Veyron, the car is completely solid. It move and you can nearly do that two fingers. When you#8217;re to do the speed record, there is an between the tarmac and the car that you notice when you#8217;re 250.

When you start to go 265, 270, the car is a little bit where the tarmac is telling to the car to go. And a strange feeling because you are not in control as a driver. You don#8217;t where it#8217;s going to end up. You have any interaction with the because it#8217;s too fast and you want to move anything.

So it#8217;s like an unknown because nobody has been before, even at the factory in It#8217;s quite stressful.

does sound stressful.

where we did the run: [Ehra-Lessien] is in the of a forest. And there#8217;s no space for to be even slightly wrong. not like a salt lake.

Did you anything unexpected during the run?

For the world record you to do two straight lines in both At Ehra-Lessien, nobody has been on it the reverse way, so it was like a discovery for me and for the team. I only had runs to discover that. You tell me that you have to discover because it#8217;s a straight line.

Yes, of but the tarmac is reacting differently. It was much more difficult to the first run, which was in the wrong direction than it was to the second run, which was but in the normal direction of road

Also, when we were the reverse way, we were a little bit of wind, which is why we achieve the same speed as the side. And at the end of the straight, [I found if I was braking later, I would be [from the wind] by the forest. So I that I would put my braking later, like 300 meters, to arrive in this area of cover protected from the and I would get an extra one mile per

So I did that the day before and it was working, so I that the next day. But when I did that, because I that I was late in braking, brake a little bit harder, is very light when you go kind of speed, and suddenly the car from the center lane to the lane. And I was like, not in control.

And the was very close. So I think one extra mile was because of me, and quite proud of that.

Do you the extra 199 horsepower?

Compared to any supercar in which you feel power going down and you gears, in the Veyron the power goes down. It#8217;s there. With the Supersport, not is the engine power not going it#8217;s increasing. So the feeling of is going up, the feeling of speed is up. It#8217;s just pushing

It#8217;s an amazing feeling.

How the Veyron Supersports compare to speed-record production cars?

try to compare cars, to say, this car is faster, more more something. The thing is very different in Bugatti is we#8217;re trying to make work together that are not to work together. Which is to the fastest car in the world that can seven hours in traffic in gear. Normally itdoesn#8217;t together.

And the same from the design of the Is this design made to go 268 Yes, it#8217;s going, but if you start from a blank of paper and you say I want to make a car the fastest speed in the world, you not choose this design.

The came first, and they had to it to the engineer, who had to work around the without touching it.

Bugatti Veyron

That#8217;s the of the Veyron. And it is this combination making a lot of engineering work, you#8217;re trying to achieve life, quality, speed, easy to drive; you want to get and normally nobody can get everything. If you try to get all things in the same car, incredible.

The Supersport will be a warranty car. So it#8217;s not you buy a car then, OK, you use it and after one day everything is And that#8217;s where the engineering is difficult and expensive.

With the the engineer said we need the to follow our request in engineering more power, more more torque –- and the followed the engineering request in of downforce, cooling [ e.g. beautiful NACA ducts on top Ed. ] and those kinds of things, and made the car. So it was a little bit of a process than the Veyron.

#8220;The Veyron is an everyday car you can drive as easily in traffic as at 268

The target for the engineers was to make a with more power, speed, more torque. a completely different exercise if you say, OK, I want to achieve the world record, and you build a car all the aerodynamics and the thinking in this of direction. The Veyron is an everyday car you can drive as easily in traffic in gear as on the other side, you can go 268 miles per hour.

With car, with that with that gearbox, we did 30 preparation runs at around 260 just to be sure. And this car continue to be used as a test And I was saying to the [engineer], #8220;But I not get a new gearbox? A new engine?#8221;

I would preferred starting with completely fresh, completely out of the But it is not a problem.

It#8217;s the same with the tires. These are the tires. [ Michelin PAX run-flats, R 520 (front), 365/710 R 540 (rear) Ed. ] When you#8217;re doing type of extreme speed, the of the tire is very short, not in terms of wear but in terms of And the day before I did maybe five and the next day, I had to use the same

And I was saying, #8220;don#8217;t you feel we have to change tires?#8221; And the said no, we know we have spare in the life of the tires, so we need to change tires. For me, was incredible, but also very, stressful.

So what about 300 per hour. Are you down with

With the feeling I got last I will say, not for me. I think I everything that was possible.

If you have any Veyron you wanted in any scheme, which would it be?

You compare the Supersport, I mean to it, that#8217;s something that not make a Veyron stand which is incredible. I always say the is like another planet. But now out of words to explain what the is. In the Veyron we have a series is black carbon, only 15 black with the orange [ Sang Noir — Ed. ] and the look of the carbon, big wheels was the most I have seen.

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