The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is no longer the fastest car in the world after Guinness World Records stripped the title from the French car brand.
According to Driving.co.uk, Guinness World Records withdrew the title from Bugatti after it discovered that the car that had set the record had its speed limiter deactivated.
"It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the fastest production car, which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport," the company's public relations director, Jaime Strang, was quoted to have said. "As the car's speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle's record set at 431.072kph is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field."
Apparently, the rules set by Guinness World Records state that the record-setting car must be mechanically identical to those sold to the public. Bugatti, however, is standing by its world-record claim, with one of the carmaker's spokespersons saying that Guinness knew all along that the speed limiter was deactivated, but for safety reasons, the cars sold to the public would have to have their maximum speed set at 415kph.
"It's not a hard blow if we lose this title," Bugatti's unidentified spokesperson was reported to have said. "The Super Sport is more than just a world-record car."
So, if the fastest car in the world isn't the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which car is?