When is a vehicle’s top speed not really its top speed? When a records-keeping outfit decides it didn’t happen… even if it did.
Case in point, Guinness World Records recently declared a record top speed set by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport — 267.8 m.p.h. — invalid after it learned the car’s speed limiter had been deactivated. A speed limited does just what it sounds like: it’s a device that prevents a vehicle from exceeding a given velocity. Many commercial vehicles employ them for safety reasons, to prevent drivers from exceeding speed thresholds (though driving 155 m.p.h. — the limit imposed in vehicles from manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen — hardly seems prudent).
In Bugatti’s case, the Veyron Super Sport clinched its world record back in 2010, but the company sells the production version of its vehicle…
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