The current fastest car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. There are no challengers. It is so dominant that just saying the word Veyron ends any discussion. Seeing the Veyron at speed makes me feel like I am looking at something supernatural. The sound it makes, the unblinking performance, the methodical cornering, it all happens in absolute dominant fashion . . . yet with no hard edge. It is like a benign apex predator.
The crowd at the car show in downtown St. Petersburg either were all very aware of the mystique of this car, or the crowd itself around it kept drawing an ever new crowd. I believe it was mostly the latter. Therefore, it was impossible to get any clean shots of it without someone getting in to pose with it as if it were some celebrity. Using the cloning techniques on this Ferrari photo to clean up the shots was not really possible even.
What struck me about seeing the Veyron in person for the first time was how small it was. It has a 16-cyclinder engine in the back after all. Yet it looks no bigger than a Porsche 911. You could easily park it or drive it down any road (without speedbumps). It is really compact. There was a guard making sure this $2.8 million hypercar was too fawned over. I spoke with him at length about this particular Veyron. Since it was the Super Sport version and had special blue carbon fiber body work, it demanded that higher than the usual $1.5 million or so price tag. The car was actually just purchased that morning. I was told that a buyer had been interested in it for awhile and finally pulled the trigger on it.
In blue, the carbon fiber body really stands out and looks striking. Underneath the lightweight exoskeleton, the engineering behind the car is mind boggling. It is extremely hard to create a car with air conditioning and blinkers that can also go over 260 mph.
After watching many videos of the Veryon, to see it in person gave me a new appreciation for it. It is kind of like seeing the Eiffel Tower or any other engineering marvel. The difference with the Veyron though, is you can take it home.