That's a bit slow apparently

You know you’ve become inured to the speed modern hypercars are capable of when you chastise a Bugatti Veyron driver for "only" reaching 370 kilometres per hour (230 miles per hour) at the Sun Valley Road Rally top speed event in Idaho. Whichever way you cut, that’s massive velocity.

But it’s still not as fast as a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will go. With an 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine, the Grand Sport Vitesse has a monstrous 1,200 horsepower on tap. That’s enough for a 0-100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) sprint of 2.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0 to 124 mph) in 7.1 seconds and 0-300 km/h (0 to 186 mph) in 16 seconds flat. Top speed is 409 km/h (254 mph), a world record for an open-top car.

Then again, that speed was achieved at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track, about the only place in the world it can be. So perhaps our driver can be forgiven for not quite reaching such heady heights, or maybe not, as this very same car - nicknamed "Hellbug" - reached 378 km/h (235 mph) in the same event last year. Another Veyron once achieved 397 km/h (246.4 mph).

But I’m not going to judge. Any number of factors could have pegged Hellbug back to 370 km/h (230 mph). It might have been a particularly hot day, which would limit the engine’s power a bit. Maybe there was a headwind or a crosswind that forced the driver to back off.

Most of all, though, I’m not going to judge because he’s doing 370 km/h (230 mph) on a stretch of two-lane road in rugged countryside, with no margin for error. I’d probably lose my nerve at 209 km/h (130 mph), never mind 370 km/h (230 mph).

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