Dethroned: Bugatti Veyron Stripped of 'Fastest Car' Title

The Guinness Book of World Records has stripped the Bugatti Veyron of its title of the fastest production car- ok Bugatti, turn in your badge and gun! But, wait a second, how does something like this happen? In many cases of the great book of superlatives, it was on a technicality. We'll try to explain... See, the sort-of-Lotus-based Hennesssy Venom GT recently went HAM and topped out on a test track at 267.5 miles per hour. That was a solid showing, but not enough to trump the 267.8 mph set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. So, what does one do when you lose- make it a federal case! According to the Sunday Times, Hennessy went to the Book of World Records, and claimed that the Bugatti record did not stand, as the electronic speed limiter was deactivated for this test. The folks at Guinness put down their beers long enough to listen, and stripped the Bugatti of its record, making the Venom GT the new record holder for fastest production vehicle. While Hennessy may be the new bearer of the record, it doesn't do much to endear car enthusiasts to their brand. You want to beat someone, beat them outright, don't go to the game tape. Frankly, we always assumed that limiters were taken off for their speed tests, and if a car can reach a particular speed in any form, it can reach that speed. Oh well, good for you Hennessy– you are decent carmakers but even better bureaucrats! PHOTOS: See more of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport