The Fastest Car In The World

The technology in automobiles has evolved at a quite staggering rate over the past century and in particular over the past decade or two. Vehicles now have the capabilities to travel at speeds we would not have thought possible maybe fifty years or so ago. Consequently one of the most – probably the most in many people’s eyes – coveted titles which can be awarded to an automobile today is that of the fastest car in the world. All leading supercar manufacturers across the world strive to produce a car faster than their competitors, but when it comes to the fastest street legal production car in the world there’s one model which has truly been untouchable in recent years: the Bugatti Veyron.

The Veyron has been recorded travelling at a whopping 431km/h (just shy of 268mph) which really puts it into a league of its own. It was originally introduced in 2005, with a Grand Sport version unveiled in 2009 and the Super Sport version making its debut in 2010. It is actually the Super Sport version which currently holds the world record and achieved the 431km/h top speed. To put it into perspective just how staggeringly fast the Veyron is, a Maserati Gransport has a top speed of 180mph (289km/h) while the Lamborghini Murcielago, the company’s flagship model for nearly a decade, can manage 212mph (341km/h) when flat out.

With these figures in mind it is far from surprising that for the pleasure of owning a brand new Bugatti Veyron you’ll have to part with over a million sterling. Yes that’s right, more than £1 million. Even a second hand Bugatti Veyron would be likely to cost you well in excess of £600,000, regardless of how many miles it has covered or which model year it is.

There was a period of uncertainty and controversy surrounding the world record attributed to the Super Sport which started at the beginning of April 2013, following claims from rival manufacturer Hennessey that its Venom GT was the new world’s fastest street legal production car. Hennessey claimed that the Venom GT was capable of 427.6km/h (265.7mph) which was actually 3.4km/h (2.1mph) slower than the Veyron; however Hennessey dismissed the Bugatti’s record on the basis that the Super Sport was actually limited to 415km/h in production form. To record its record top speed of 431km/h the vehicle was driven in an enhanced state of tune which was unavailable to customers.

Following these claims the Guinness World Records stripped the Super Sport of its record and contacted external consultants in order to review the guidelines and ensure there was clarification of what was required to hold the title of the world’s fastest street legal production car.

Eventually the Veyron’s record was reinstated, with the conclusion that an alteration to a car’s speed limiter does not alter the design of the car or its engine.

To reiterate just how expensive it is to drive the engineering phenomenon which truly is the world’s fastest, it would take the majority of us more than twenty years to earn enough to buy a used Bugatti Veyron – and that’s presuming we pay no tax and don’t spend a penny!

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Africa Record Run in sight

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On the 1st of February, British pair, Philip Young and Paul Brace set of on a mammoth journey from Cape Town to London, in the hope that they would set a new record, with the previous record standing at 11 days 14 hrs and 11 minutes.

So far, they are looking good; they are 10 days, 10 hours and 30 minutes into their voyage and they are very close to reaching Calais, where a ferry ride awaits them, before what should be a relatively quick drive from Dover to London, which will see them break the record with time to spare. Whilst this isn’t being documented on the TV, there is plenty of talk about it online and we are sure that it would make for some great viewing, like a Top Gear challenge.

Whist the British duo were not restricted to used cars under £200 as would the Top Gear team, their choice of car may still shock you, as they went for a Fiat Panda baring a Union Jack flag which was no doubt armed to the teeth with extra car parts to help it along the way.

So if down the line you are presented with the option of purchasing a used Fiat Panda which features a Union Jack paint job, make sure you demand full service details and MOT history, as we imagine it has been on quite the ride.

They are doing the run as a way to raise money for a charity known as ‘Farm Africa so it is all for a good cause, and despite some of the more hostile places they have had to travel through, everyone has greeted them with smiles, and their planning that took place beforehand seems to have come off without a hitch.

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Jeremy Clarkson P45 road test

Last week, Jeremy Clarkson road tested the P45, which is claims the title of the world smallest car, and it is absolutely tiny, without enough room for the driver’s arms, or the steering wheel for that matter to fit inside the cars body. Clarkson gives a thorough review of both the benefits and the cons, including the P45’s inability to manage potholes, which will probably result in recurring service charges and the fact that you can whizz through traffic jams as the vehicle is so narrow.

Clarkson’s P45 has everything a car needs in order to be classed as roadworthy, including turn signals, headlights, a helmet/roof and a visor which acts as a windscreen.

Whilst it is indeed a very interesting car, we probably wouldn’t recommend it, even if you only use your vehicle in the city and don’t mind looking like a robot on a quad bike, you maybe be better off getting a used Smart Car.

 

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