Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is now the world’s fastest production convertible after hitting 254.04 mph (408.84 km/h). If you’re unfamiliar with this model, it boasts a specially designed roof spoiler that cuts down greatly on interior turbulence and wind noise. Plus, it has a reinforced chassis, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars, four-wheel-drive, and carbon monocoque and a beastly 8.0L W16 engine that generates 1183hp. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.
Bugatti’s parent company Volkswagen just happens to have a track that’s served as the backdrop for a number of world speed records: the Ehra-Lessien proving grounds. Chinese racing driver and entrepreneur Anthony Liu took to these hallowed grounds.
“This was a very exciting moment,” Liu said, his heart undoubtedly still punching his rib cage. “In our training sessions we exceeded 400 km/h, but the fact that I could surpass this unbelievable speed once again and even higher has made me very proud. The car is even at such high speeds incredibly comfortable and stable. With an open top, you can really experience the sound of the engine, and yet even at higher speeds, I did not get compromised by the wind at all.”