The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sports is the world’s fastest production car. The German company took the record from America’s SSC Ultimate Aero on the Fourth of July. But the American company doesn’t plan to let Bugatti hold the title for long, if we’re reading between the lines correctly.
SSC head-man Jerod Shelby issued a statement soon after Bugatti’s 268 mph run. He congratulated his rivals, saying “We would sincerely like to congratulate Bugatti… When the Ultimate Aero broke the record in 2007, we knew it was just a matter of time until it was broken by someone else. ”
But he didn’t rest. He went on to promise, “We’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts.”
Details are scarce, but Shelby did note that his company has hired famed designer Jason Castriota, the man behind the Bertone Mantide (think Batman’s Corvette ZR1). Castriota’s involvement is an interesting new twist. The Ultimate Aero has always been more of a complete car than many supercars, as nimble in the corners as it is breakneck-fast on a straightaway. But Castriota could well add a touch of beauty it has always lacked…and we’d like it to look good passing 270.