Driving.co.uk exclusively reports that the British-based company, Guinness World Records, has revoked a rather big accolade from one of its record holders. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport—the orange and black-colored hypercar driven by Top Gear UK’s James May, which recorded a top speed of 431.072 km/h or 267.85 mph—has been revoked of its title as the “world’s fastest production car.”
Driving.co.uk reportedly sent in an inquiry about the car’s record time and speed and it appears some infractions were found.
In a statement, Guiness World Records announced that the batshit insane fast Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was revoked of its title due to the fact that the Veyron that broke the record did not qualify as a production car due to the computer-based top speed limiter being deactivated.
“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport,” said Jaime Strang, PR director for GWR. “As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”
The rules require that the cars being used to set the record must be the same as the models being sold to the public. All 30 Bugatti Veyron Super Sports sold to the public come with a top speed limiter.
Of course, Bugatti didn’t take this lightly and a spokeswoman responded: ““Guinness knew the Veyron’s speed limiter was deactivated but that for safety reasons, cars subsequently sold to customers would have their speed limiters activated [set at 258mph].”
“It’s not a hard blow if we lose this title. The Super Sport is more than just a world-record car,” the spokeswoman reportedly concluded.
– By: Chris Chin