Time was, 1,001hp and 253mph was plenty of firepower for a Volkswagen stuffed with beautiful, quilted leather,a bespoke hi-fi system and no parachute to slow it down.
But that was 2008, and now anyone with a few sheets of carbon fibre, a ludicrously powerful engine and a welding diploma is apparently capable of building a car that eclipses the once imperious Bugatti Veyron’s top speed.
So Bugatti has done to the Veyron what any self-respecting hypercar maker would do in the circumstances – shed some weight, bolted on four even more enormous turbos and sculpted the shape to make it even more slippery. The result of all this work is the astonishing Veyron Super Sport, pushing out 1,200hp and capable of hitting a barely conceivable top speed of 267.856mph.
Just five will be produced in this not exactly subtle ‘World Record Edition’ guise, complete with bare-carbon body panels, and bumpers, skirts and wheels that appear to have been brutally Tango’d to within an inch of their lives. Still, anyone sufficiently unhinged to drive a car at 270mph probably isn’t going to be worried about limited colour options.