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by Tim Beissmann

 

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition has debuted at the Shanghai auto show, hot on the heels of the roadster’s record-breaking speed run earlier this month.

Bugatti will build just eight of the special edition Veyrons to celebrate the car’s 408.84km/h top speed, achieved with 29-year-old Chinese entrepreneur and race driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel.

Each of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition vehicles is finished in the same black and orange paint scheme and interior upholstery as the actual record breaker, and features a signed sill plate paying tribute to the record achievement.

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The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse launched internationally last year, powered by an 883kW/1500Nm quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine.

The all-wheel-drive Vitesse features a racing chassis with fast-acting shock absorbers, reinforced anti-roll bars and a carbon monocoque with carbonfibre outer shell.

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A specially developed roof spoiler with an intricately designed windbreak helps keep the cabin calm at high speeds.

The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was named the fastest production convertible earlier this month, just days after the hardtop Veyron Super Sport was controversially stripped of its title as the fastest production car in the world, a decision that was later overturned by Guinness.

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