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The Bugatti Veyron at Ehra-Lessien


James May of the BBC's Top Gear programme took the Bugatti Veyron for a quick test drive around the Ehra-Lessian test track in Germany. The Ehra-Lessien is Volkswagon's test track in Germany. It has an unbroken straight 9 kilometres in length. In fact it is so long that if you stood at one end of the track you would not see the over end because of the curvature of the Earth.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is currently the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive street-legal production car in the world. In the test drive whilst May didn't quite reach the Veyron's theoretical top speed, he did manage to equal the fastest speed of any production road car, reaching 253 miles, or 407 kilometres per hour.

The car is built by Volkswagen AG subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS in its Molsheim (Alsace, France) factory and is sold under the legendary French Bugatti marque. It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti firm. It is also the world's second supercar with 16 cylinders, after the Cizeta Moroder V16T.

Watch May Drive the Bugatti around Ehra-Lessian

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