New Bugatti Veyron world record car expected
Supercar maker Bugatti is tipped to unveil a new world record-breaking car at this month's Shanghai motor show.
Having recently been stripped of its record for the world's fastest production car by the American Hennessey Venom GT, the French marque is aiming for another crack at the record books.
Leaked images show the car, called the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Convertible, finished in the same orange and black as the company's previous record breaking car, the Veyron Supersports.
Based on the open-top Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, the new world record car hit 254.069mph on the five-mile straight at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test facility, making it the world's fastest convertible.
The run is reported to have been conducted by a Chinese test driver, giving weight to speculation that the car will be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show.
This is not the first time Bugatti has had to revise the Veyron to keep it in the record books. When the original Veyron was beaten by the SSC Ultimate Aero SSC (which managed 256.18mph on a closed section of Nevada highway), it responded with the Veyron Supersports, which boasted extra power and tweaked aerodynamics to reclaim the record at 267.86mph.
As customer Veyron Supersports are limited to 258mph for tyre safety reasons, Hennessey was successful in arguing that the Veyron was not the fastest production car, despite the Venom GT only managing a maximum of 265.7mph.