That's a bit slow. Apparently.
You know you’ve become inured to the speed modern hypercars are capable of when you chastise a Bugatti Veyron driver for ‘only’ reaching 230 miles-per-hour at the Sun Valley Road Rally top speed event in Idaho. Whichever way you cut, that’s massive velocity.
But it’s still not as fast as a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will go. With an 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine, the GSV has a monstrous 1,200 horsepower on tap. That’s enough for a 0 to 62 MPH sprint of 2.6 seconds, 0 to 124 MPH in 7.1 seconds and 0 to 186 MPH in 16 seconds flat. Top speed? 254 MPH, a world record for an open-top car.
Then again, that speed was achieved at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track, about the only place in the world it can be. So perhaps our driver can be forgiven for not quite reaching such heady heights. Or maybe not, as this very same car - nicknamed ‘Hellbug’ - reached 235 MPH in the same event last year. And another Veyron once achieved 246.4 MPH.
But I’m not going to judge. Any number of factors could have pegged Hellbug back to 230. It might have been a particularly hot day, which would limit the engine’s power a bit. Maybe there was a headwind, or a crosswind that forced the driver to back off.
Most of all, though, I’m not going to judge because he’s doing 230 MPH on a stretch of two-lane road in rugged countryside, with no margin for error. I’d probably lose my nerve at 130, never mind 230.