Top Gear have been in on the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport speed record, with James May (Captain Slow) hitting 259.11mph in the 1200hp Veyron Super Sport.
The Top Gear boys were running rumours around a few days ago that they had been in on the new world record speed for a production car set by the Veyron Super Sport. We didn’t know exactly what they’d done, but we did know none of the three amigos were at the wheel when the Super Sport averaged 267.81mph. So we thought we’d wait and see what came out in the wash before we reported it.
And now we know that Top Gear did get to play with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport when Bugatti were busy setting up the car for its new production car speed record. And, quite appropriately as it was he who drove the original Veyron on VW’s test track, it was Captain Slow himself – James May – who took the Veyron Super Sport up to 259.11 mph.
It appears that all the TG boys were there – Clarkson, Hamster and May – although we don’t yet know if the other two got to drive. There are details in this month’s TG magazine (which is probably only on sale in the UK) and we have no doubt that Captain Slow’s high-speed run will feature on Top Gear TV as soon as possible.
Not quite so slow any more, Captain Slow.