- Guinness World Records has officially stripped the "fastest production car" crown from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
- Guinness said on its Web site that it is reviewing all "production car" record categories.
- The "fastest production car" title defaults to the Shelby SuperCars (SSC) Ultimate Aero.
LONDON — Guinness World Records has officially stripped the "fastest production car" crown from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
Anticipation is growing that Bugatti's Facebook teaser touting a new performance entry will be a step toward returning the title to Bugatti.
"It's almost time for us to share the latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance, simply keep a close eye on Facebook over the next few days," said Bugatti's Facebook posting.
The world records company announced on its Web site that the vehicle in question had its speed limiter deactivated, which is against the official guidelines. This makes its top speed record of 267.8 mph no longer valid, because that is not the maximum speed the car can make right out of the factory. The car is limited to 258 mph with that function enabled.
"Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing all 'Production car' record categories with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field," said Guinness.
Bugatti supported its record, according to media reports, saying that Guinness knew the speed limiter was deactivated for the test and that cars sold to customers would have the feature turned on for safety reasons.
The Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) Venom GT made an unofficial top speed run of 265.7 mph last week, and actually brought this violation to Guinness' attention in the whistle-blowing video below. Stripping the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport of its record would help the Venom GT's chances in obtaining that precious top-speed accolade.
HPE will have to build at least 50 mechanically identical vehicles and officially average that speed over two timed runs before it can dethrone the Guinness-verified 256.1 mph record set by the Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero.
Edmunds says: The SSC Ultimate Aero is back to being the world's fastest production car, but we doubt it's for long.