It seems Guinness has had a changed of heart after it cancelled the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s World Speed record and has reinstated it.
Only last week we reported that Guinness World Records had cancelled the world speed record for a production car held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport after they woke up and realised that customer cars had a limiter fitted.
According to Guinness at the time, putting a limiter on a production car changed the Veyron and made the record invalid. But it seems Guinness has had a rethink.
From originally stating that “…as the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines” they have now decided that doesn’t matter any more because Bugatti hasn’t changed the Super Sport in any other way.
Guinness say they’ve now had a more thorough review of the Super Sport’s speed record to decide what constitutes a material change to a car’s specification. They said:
Having evaluated all the necessary information, Guinness World Records is now satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.
So, as you were then. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport once more holds the world speed record for a production car. Not only that, but the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse also holds the world speed record for a convertible.
It looks like VW’s clout works.