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By: Travis Williams @trvscwllms
I know. You’re not exactly racing to the phone to inform your favorite news station that you’ve determined what the best supercar in the world is. After all, we live in a very fast-paced global society, and in an industry built upon speed, it didn’t take long for the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport to become known as the world’s greatest mid-engined supercar when it debuted in 2010. But, lucky for you, I’m not here to simply tell you that it is. I’m here to tell you why it is.
One could, with a twinkle one’s eye, start to make such a case by talking about the sheer power of the Veyron’s 8.0L, quad-turbocharged, W16 engine, but that would be a terrible place for one to begin said case. The Veyron engine is far from the most powerful in the world in terms of horsepower alone. Though it comes in at a rocksolid 1,200 hp, this number is readily outmatched by the likes of seven other cars:
Nissan GT-R AMS Alpha 12 (with a staggering 1,500 hp), the SSC Tuatara (1,350 hp)
HTT Locus Plethore LC-1300 (1300 hp), the SSC Ultimate Aero TT (1,287 hp)
Lamborghini Aventador LP1250-4 Mansory Carbonado (1,250 hp)
Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (1,243 hp)
Lamborghini Gallardo Dallas Performance Stage 3 (1,220 hp)
The Veyron SS falls quite a ways from the top of the leader board.
The more likely strategy would be for one to jump right to the fact that it’s the world’s fastest recorded street-legal production car, with a top speed of 268mph (the average of two test runs being, more precisely, 267.8 mph). While this is no doubt the determining factor in the battle for bragging rights, it does not represent what makes the Bugatti Veyron SS the greatest supercar in the world. Two of the vehicles with greater horsepower listed above come within a hair of being the world’s fastest supercar; both the SSC Tuatara and the SSC Ultimate Aero TT clocked in a top speed of 267 mph.
If one were to abandon both of those lines of argument, one might find his or herself praising the Veyron’s somewhat understated style. While it might be difficult to make the case that any supercar has a style that’s conservative in any way, the Veyron SS seems perhaps less flashy than some of its counterparts, with its design exhibiting a tendency towards more natural, organic curves in place of harder angles. The simple elegance of its shape and the look of the car don’t seem to be an attempt to compensate for anything (wink, wink).
So, what is it, then? What makes the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport the world’s greatest supercar?
Unyielding passion. That intangible force that drove the Bugatti team to develop what is now the pinnacle of engineering excellence and human ingenuity. The desire to be not only the best, but the very best, at whatever the cost (to the tune of approximately$2.4 million to the average consumer).
And, yeah, I know. You’re thinking that was a little more of a Remember-the-Titans-style end than you were hoping for. After all, passion is the driving force behind engineering most of the world’s great supercars. You won’t be fooled by some cheap ploy that aims at your emotions by touting the resilience of the human spirit and blah blah blah.
Alas, oh ye of little faith, I have a challenge for you. Feel one. Touch one. Stand it its presence. Get behind the wheel. Put the pedal to the floor. Then do the same with any other car. You’ll see what I mean.
By Travis Williams | Follow @trvscwllms
Travis is an Atlanta based writer, producer and engineer and he can’t decided if he likes F1 or NASCAR more.