Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Veyron breaks production car speed record
0-60 Magazine reports: [edited]
Last week, Bugatti test driver, Pierre Henri Raphanel set the production-car speed record in Bugatti’s Veyron Supersports 16.4 with timed runs of 265.9 and 269.8 mph on Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track.
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Brett's 2p'orth: The article features an interview with Pierre. His reflections on travelling at 120 metres-per-second include:
"At that speed, if anything happens, you can be sure that you won’t be coming back to the pits to tell what was the problem. The night before I could not sleep because I was so stressed."
"When you start to go 260, 265, 270 the car is following where the tarmac is telling to the car to go. And it’s a strange feeling because you are not really in control as a driver."