Top Gear host tries to shed his nickname. James May (a.k.a. Captain Slow) took a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport up to 259.11 mph (417 km/h).

More Top Gear news (those show-offs!). James May has taken the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport for a little spin which peaked at almost 260 mph.

It appears that Captain Slow (a.k.a. James May), one of the co-hosts of the BBC's Top Gear show, is doing whatever he can to shed him nickname. May was apparently on hand for some of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's track testing, as the model was trying to set a new land speed world record, and himself took the Super Sport for a ride, pushing the speedometer up to a reading of 259.11 mph (417 km/h).

Earlier this month, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport set a new land speed record at the Volkswagen Group's Ehra-Lessien track piloted by Pierre Henri Raphanel. Between two runs on the track near VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, Raphanel set an average top speed of 431,072 km/h (267.81 mph).

You can read the whole story of Captain Slow's adventure with the Veyron Super Sport in Top Gear Magazine's August issue.

Gallery: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport hits 259 mph piloted by errr... Captain Slow

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