Bugatti may have lost its title of producer of the world’s fastest car (the title simply reverted back to previous holder SSC of America), but the automaker still has a world record under its belt, and that’s the record for the fastest open-top car to ever be produced.
The record has gone to a special version of the existing Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which was recently driven to a top speed of 254 mph with its roof completely open by Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu.
The top speed was set at the Volkswagen Group’s famous Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, where this stunning photo was taken.
It shows the special Veyron, whose official title is Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car. Eight examples of the car will be built, with the actual record breaker set to appear in public for the first time at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show next week.
The regular Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse can hit a top speed of 255 mph, though with its roof removed (all Veyron Grand Sport models feature a removable roof piece that can only be stored outside the car) top speed is limited to 233 mph.
For the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car, this speed limit was removed.
You’ll also notice from the photo that the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car gets some unique visual treatments. These include a powerful dual-color scheme in black and orange.
We can’t wait until this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which we suspect will come down to an epic dual between Audi and Toyota in the top LMP1 category. This photo shows the virtually unassailable Audi R18 e-tron quattro, which will be looking for another win in the classic endurance race.
2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Last week it was Shelby American’s 575-horsepower Raptor that made our Top Photos of the Week post. This week we have Ford’s own 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor, which for the latest model year gets a new special edition model. In this picture the Raptor looks like it is doing what it does best: powering over any surface it may encounter.
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition
The film adaption of one of our most cherished video games, Need For Speed, is currently filming at locations around the globe. This photo shows a scene in Mendocino County, California, and confirms that the McLaren P1 supercar will be featured in the upcoming movie.
McLaren P1 on the set of upcoming Need For Speed movie
Although Ferrari’s new flagship, the LaFerrari, has already made its auto show debut, development of the car is far from over. This image shows the stunning supercar at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track with none other than F1 ace Fernando Alonso behind the wheel.
Fernando Alonso tests Ferrari's LaFerrari supercar at Fiorano
A new car show launched yesterday on The Travel Channel. This photo shows a Group B Lancia 037 decked out in Martini livery that featured on the inaugural episode. Yes, we’re already looking forward to the next episode of Fast Lane.
Fast Lane On The Travel Channel with Jason Harper
Many of our younger readers may not be familiar with Lamborghini’s Pregunta prototype from 1998. It shows that the design direction of Lamborghini may have taken a very different route if not for Audi stepping in and taking control of the company the same year that the Pregunta made its world debut.
1998 Lamborghini Pregunta prototype
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