Bugatti Veyron Super Sports

The pursuit of speed: evolution of the 250mph supercar

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There are a lot of fast cars out there, but none of them can compare to the world’s fastest – the Bugatti Veyron. This incredible feat of automotive engineering far surpasses the expectations of a normal sports car. In fact, there are some respects in which it dwarfs the performance of other supercars.

Unsurprisingly, there are some pretty crazy facts to be learned about the Veyron. Check out three of the most amazing ones below.

Burning Rubber

It’s no big secret that the Veyron is expensive. But it turns out that simply driving it is expensive too.

In addition to a regimen of extremely costly maintenance, the Veyron eats through tires like a monster. At top speed, the Veyron will wear a set of tires completely out in just 15 minutes. That’s a pretty pricey joy ride, if you ask us.

The Anti-Prius

When the Veyron reaches top speed (a blistering 260 mph), it guzzles an astonishing 1.4 gallons of super premium petroleum per minute. That means that it’s extra large 26-gallon fuel tank will be running on fumes in only 12 total minutes of full speed driving.

Gasping for Air

We’ve already established that the Veyron has an insatiable hunger for fuel and rubber, but what’s really surprising is its need for air. It can consume a mind-boggling 45,000 litres of air in 60 brief seconds of top speed driving. According to estimates, that’s about as much air as an adult human being breathes in four whole days.

Want to get a closer look at the Veyron and its supercar predecessors? Take a look at the graphic below.

Supercar Infographic

Infographic courtesy of HR Owen.