April 16, 2014

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse world speed record: Video

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse officially became the fastest convertible in the world recently and we have video of the 254mph record- breaking run.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse setting world speed record


We’ve had a little flurry of publicity for Bugatti recently as they first lost, then recovered, their world speed record for a production car from Guinness, and then we thought they might be coming up with something new as they teased the ‘Latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance’.

We hoped that tease might be for something really interesting and new – perhaps the much rumoured 1600bhp Veyron or even the Galibier –  but it was simply a new world record for an open-topped production car. Impressive, of course, but just more of what we expect from Bugatti, rather than something new and innovative.

The new world record for the Vitesse was set at the VW facility at Ehra-Lessien where Chinese driver Anthony Liu took the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse to 254mph, creating a new world record for an open-topped production car and, more importantly for Bugatti, an excuse to produce a limited run of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC Edition with a black and orange paint job for €1.99 million each.

Now Bugatti has released video of Anthony Liu’s run in the Grand Sport Vitesse on video, carefully monitored by Germany’s Technical Inspection and Certification (TÜV) to make sure it was legitimate, so we thought you might like to see what the fastest Chinaman in a convertible looks like.

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