The Slowest Driver in the World tackles the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Two things I love about cars. Speed and “Top Gear”, the UK’s most popular factual TV show. Put them together and you have some of the most compelling nine minutes that you’ll ever want to watch. Ladies and gentlemen, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Let me put the two focal points of my article in perspective. James May is one of the presenters of the Top Gear show and has been deservedly dubbed “The Slowest Driver in The World” or “Captain Slow”. In reality, despite May’s pedestrian appearance, he is probably the best of the three presenters behind the wheel and most likely the reason why he was given the job of taking the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport “out for a spin”. This car is widely known as the fastest production car on the planet and rightfully so. It has a top speed of 258mph, a full 25-30mph faster than a F1 race car. Although it is capable of more speed, it is computer-limited from going any faster. The reason: the tires fall off the wheels above that threshold. It has ten radiators to cool it’s immense powerplant which is a W16 cylinder (basically two V8’s), quad-turbocharged engine producing over 1000 hp. The spoiler on the back of the car is computer controlled and helps to brake the car at high speed.

The concept of a car such as this is beyond the realm of the average man in the street as almost every feature of this vehicle is extreme and needs detailed explanation. For example, the tires can only be changed back in France, at a cost of $70,000. When you enter the vehicle, there is a key slot that has to be activated that forces the driver to go through a checklist to determine if the car is ready to go beyond 220mph. If you get the OK, the car descends down to a more aerodynamic profile, the flaps fold inwards, and the spoiler disappears.The design team that built the car asked an F1 team if they could borrow their wind tunnel to do some testing. They were turned down “because our tunnel doesn’t go that fast”. The test track is about 60 miles in length with around 6 miles of perfectly straight pavement that is built to follow the curvature of the earth.

What followed that day was some of the most exhilarating automotive TV you will ever see. Enjoy !

After May had completed his run, the Bugatti test driver got his nose bent out of shape and insisted on having a shot at the title and destroyed May’s previous time. The Top Gear people then had “The Stig” take it on a road race track and broke the show record, making it Top Gear’s fastest car ever to get around their track. If you’re like me, you’ll want to know where a person can buy a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The answer? Find $2.5million and we’ll talk.

“Bloody Nora !”

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One Response to “The Slowest Driver in the World tackles the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport”

  1. Krutik March 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    It is correct fastest is corvette or henessey venom gt

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