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Bugatti Plans On Keeping World Record

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On: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Plans On Keeping World Record

Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing a lot of talking lately, and the media has been doing a lot of hanging on his words and speculating about the future of Bugatti/Bentley. The latest Durheimer sound bite indicates that Bugatti has no intentions of relinquishing the world speed record, suggesting that it has a Veryon successor in the works.

The Bugatti Veyron sold the last of its 300 examples earlier this summer, leaving Bugatti with just the open-topped Veyron Grand Sport in its line. It's rumored that Bugatti will bring the four-door 16C Galibier to market in the next few years, but it will be without a hardcore coupe in the vein of the Veyron.

Still, Durheimer told Car magazine: "'It is vital that Bugatti produces the world's fastest car," going on to say that Bugatti was prepared to answer should another competitor beat the Veyron Super Sport's 267.8 mph world record.

Without a likely candidate for world's fastest car in its line, Durheimer's words indicate that Bugatti may very well have a Veyron successor in the works. We can't imagine the supercar-maker attempting a world speed record with a convertible or a sedan, so if it's going to do it, it's going to need a hardcore coupe. And that new coupe may sell alongside the Galibier.

One thing's for sure: The competition isn't letting up. Since Bugatti set the record last summer, we've seen the all-new Tuatara from SSC, the previous record holder; the Koenigsegg Agera R; Mclaren rumors; and the TranStar Dagger GT, a car that looks a whole lot like vaporware, but promises 2,500-hp and 300 mph should it ever develop. It's foreseeable that one of these competitors will supplant Bugatti as the world's fastest automaker, setting a title recapture into motion.

It's not clear what type of car would succeed the iconic Veyron, but past rumors have suggested that Bugatti could borrow a little composite know-how from VW sibling Lamborghini to lighten the ever-heavy Veyron. In that way, it might not even have to grow its already huge 8.0-liter W-16 engine. 1,200+ horsepower W-16 engine + lighter, composite build = world record contender, if we've ever seen one.


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