15 years ago today 987 hp Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was the first production vehicle to exceed 400 km / h (249 mph) at the Volkswagen Group Ehra-Lessien test track, at a speed of 253.81 mph. Before this certified recording, Bugatti He had a reputation for building some of the best and most expensive cars the world has ever seen. Bugatti does not prove that Veyron is the fastest car in the world, the French brand has become a household name.
Media members compared success with the hyper car Concorde to the moon landing. After a test drive in 2015, I liked the speed of pushing my face into the flow of a fire hydrant to the 1,184 hp Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, I also said it was a machine designed to hit 254 mph for a cable company as well as charging you too much.
Veyron has been a lot for many people over the years. For me, using this machine was nothing more than a life-changing experience. I will point out a line in my left palm and I will tell my grandchildren: “This side of the line was my life before riding Veyron, and this side was the life after Veyron.”
Five years later, I am still stunned when I tell people to hit the "full burner" behind the wheel of Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Surprisingly, Veryon didn't feel like a hyper car below 4,500 rpm. However, after 4500 rpm, Veyron felt like a land-bound fighter. Truth be told, I flew on a fighter plane that took me up to 5g, and even after that I was still more impressed by my Veyron experience.
It was easy to imagine that in 2005 we would not see another car that exceeded Veyron's capabilities. But then the variants of the model flew higher. First, in June 2010, 1,184 hp Veyron Super Sport's 267.85 mph running came and revived Veyron as the fastest street-legal production vehicle in the world. Then, in April 2013, Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse reached the speed of 254.04 mph, making it the fastest street legal roadster of that time.
Despite the Swedish marque Koenigsegg's honor with the Agera RS (reaching 277.87 mph) in 2017, his reign has recently ended with a modified version of Veyron's successor. On September 2, 2019, the 1,600 horsepower Chiron Super Sport became the first production vehicle to cross the barrier of 300 mph with a speed of 300.77 mph.
Although Concorde and moon landings have been grounded for years, the production-car speed record continues to rise even more with Bugatti, at least for now.