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But there has yet to be a head to head that I have seen.
True, but there its top time around the N-ring that I've seen is 7:40, tied with the LP640 and the McMerc SLR, putting it behind the Carrera GT, Zonda F, Koenigsegg CCR, and a few others according supercars.net's giant Nurburgring track times list-
Granted, we don't know the absolute specific conditions of each run or the difference in drivers, but none-the-less it is at least an indication of performance.
Now I know people are going to say, "but its meant to be a road car, not a track car." Fair enough, but personally, if I'm going to spend a million dollars on an ubercar, it better beat cars half its price, maybe thats just me. The Veyron is definitely an exposition of the best in street car technology, but that doesn't really seem to translate into a great performing car, at least not on a road course.
When Caparo was developing the T1, they did some number crunching to find how much power a car could have before the added weight and complexity made any more power pointless. They came up with a figure around 600hp or so which is interesting, because thats about how much power as the Zonda F, CGT, McLaren F1, Enzo, and T1 all have. Essentially they are saying that had they given the T1 a larger, stronger engine they would have actually lost out on performance due to the weight and drag.