Bugatti built the world’s fastest cars

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The Bugatti Veyron is made of incredible numbers. What began as a mere idea deep within the Volkswagen Group grew to become the equivalent of the Concorde for the road.

With its luxurious length of 4.47 m, the Veyron*) is a perfectly balanced combination of high-powered performance and sleek, racy design.

Even at complete standstill, the car’s enormous power is made visible by its impressive mid-engine, elevated majestically beneath the chassis. Simultaneously, the Veyron’s bold proportions, well-balanced surfaces, and clear line structures give an impression of pure, sleek elegance.

With its classic look, the large radiator grill – adorned with the hand-enameled Bugatti emblem – represents the grandness of the Veyron. The sports car’s distinctive front is defined by the harmonious contrast of its broad headlights and majestic grill.

In the early 20th century, the Bugatti name was synonymous with performance. Frenchman Ettore Bugatti founded the company in 1909 and built some of the most legendary performance and touring cars ever. However, misfortunes and changes in markets forced them to shut down in 1952.

But how the Veyron has been made is unlike the process for any other other car in the world. Its story is one of creating a car that in many respects redefined what we thought a car could be. It’s not surprising that auto enthusiasts – notably the chaps at the British motoring TV show “Top Gear” – have called the Veyron the greatest car ever created by human hands on planet Earth.

On top of being stupendously rare, stupendously expensive and stupendously powerful, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is the fastest production car ever made. Well, it was until this week. No, something faster hasn’t been built; instead, the folks at Guinness World Records have stripped the most batstuff Bugatti of its title.

So is Bugatti mad about this development? Oh, no doubt. But the company isn’t taking its ball and going home. Instead, it’s doubled down on getting back in the record books. And it has used the Super Sport’s convertible brother to do it.

It has 16 cylinders, 1,001 horsepower, goes from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, has a top speed of 253 miles per hour – and a starting price of well over $1 million.

Still, if you want a street legal roadster that’s faster than anything currently racing in Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR or any sports car series, you can’t go too far wrong with the 1,184hp Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. And if you want one that looks like the car Liu used to set the record, you’re in luck: Bugatti is building eight World Record Edition models, priced at about $2.61 million a pop. Don’t have that kind of coin? Well, if you’re going to be in Shanghai the week after next, you’ll be able to see the actual record-setting car at the Shanghai Motor Show. And that’s almost as good, right?