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Bugatti Veyron Top speed
German inspection officials recorded an average top speed of the original Bugatti Veyron of 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph) during test sessions on the Ehra-Lessien test track on 19 April 2005.
This Bugatti Veyron top speed was equalled by James May on Bugatti Veyron Top Gear in November 2006, at Volkswagen Group’s private Ehra-Lessien test track. May noted that at top speed the Bugatti Veyron engine consumes 45,000 litres (9,900 imp gal) of air per minute (as much as a human breathes in four days). Back in the Top Gear studio, co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson commented that most supercars felt like they were shaking apart at their top speed, and asked May if that was the case with the Bugatti Veyron at 407 km/h (253 mph). May responded that the Bugatti Veyron was very controlled, and only wobbled slightly when the air brake deployed.
The Bugatti Veyron’s everyday top speed is listed at 343 km/h (213 mph). When the Bugatti Veyron reaches 220 km/h (140 mph), hydraulics lower the car until it has a ground clearance of about 9 cm (3.5 in). At the same time, the Bugatti Veyron wing and spoiler deploy. In this handling mode, the Bugatti Veyron wing provides 3,425 newtons (770 lbf) of downforce, holding the Bugatti Veyron to the road.
Bugatti Veyron Top speed mode must be entered while the vehicle is at rest. Its driver must toggle a special Bugatti Veyron top speed key to the left of their seat, which triggers a checklist to establish whether the car and its driver are ready to attempt to reach 407 km/h (253 mph). If so, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers shut, and normal 12.5 cm (4.9 in) ground clearance drops to 6.5 cm (2.6 in).
All three presenters of the popular BBC motoring show Top Gear have given the Veyron considerable praise. While initially skeptical that the Veyron would ever be produced, Jeremy Clarkson later declared the Veyron “the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime”. He also pointed out that the actual production cost of a Bugatti Veyron car was GB£5 million, but was sold to customers for just GB£1 million. When asked why, he jokingly said that Volkswagen designed the car merely as a “Technical Exercise”. James May described the Veyron as “our Concorde moment.” Clarkson test drove the Veyron from Alba in northern Italy to London in a race against May and Richard Hammond who made the journey in a Cessna 182 aeroplane.
A few episodes later, May drove the Veyron at the VW test track and took it to its top speed of 407.16 km/h (253.00 mph). In series 10, Hammond raced the Veyron against the Eurofighter Typhoon and lost. He also raced the car in Series 13 against a McLaren F1 driven by The Stig in a one mile (1.6 km) drag race in Abu Dhabi. The commentary focused on Bugatti’s “amazing technical achievement” versus the “non-gizmo” racing purity of the F1. While the F1 was quicker off the line and remained ahead until both cars were travelling at approximately 200 km/h, the Bugatti overtook its competitor from 200 to 300 km/h and emerged the victor. Hammond has stated that he did not use the Veyron’s launch control in order to make the race more interesting.
The Veyron also won the award for “Car of the Decade” in Top Gear’s end of 2010 award show. Clarkson commented “It was a car that just rewrote the rule book really, an amazing piece of engineering, a genuine Concorde moment”. When the standard version was tested, it did not reach the top of the lap time leader board, with a time of 1:18.3, which was speculated as being due to the car’s considerable weight disadvantage against the other cars towards the top. The Super Sport version – driven by The Stig – achieved the fastest ever time of 1:16.8 (later beaten by the Ariel Atom V8, the McLaren MP4-12C, the Pagani Huayra, the BAC Mono and the Lamborghini Aventador), as well as being taken to a (verified) average top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) by Raphanel on the programme, thenceforth retaking its position as the fastest production car in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Veyron