- Dec 20, 2006
- Kansas City, MO
- 2006 Acura TL
Agreed. The only achievement that amazed me about the Veyron SS is that VW has managed to make it even uglier than it was. I honestly didn't think that was possible!Out of interest, how many SSC Ultimate Kitcars do they put together a year? I ask because I never really considered that eligible for any records (by my own arbitrary rule set) due to the small numbers. If this SS is limited to 30 I probably won't consider this eligible either.
In fact if the best tyres in the world (and remember the Veyron's are bespoke made for it) are only safe up to 258mph we shouldn't really consider any car that clocks a faster top speed than that to be considered legitimate, since it would be doing so at the expense of safety margins, until there's some big advancement in tyre technology.
The absurdity and uselessness of "production car" top speed competitions are quite clear in the latest TG episode, where May mentioned how the Germans waited until the air density was at its optimal to test car and how they don't even know how safe the tires are at those unknown speeds. And so it's clear that they were driving outside the known limits of the car, plain and simple. And I doubt they will do that again anytime soon, so the top speed records should read "Car chassis #### went xxx mph on this day, at this time for this many seconds." Because it's unlikely that any actually Veyron SS or Ultimate Aero TT will go anywhere near as fast as their claimed "top speed" since you will need a team of engineers on hand with laptops and weather instruments and a closed off track and a death-wish. And so the top speed records have become essentially meaningless.