On 14 October 2001, the W12 Nardò, a development of the first model dating from 1997, beat the 24-hour race speed records.
The W12, equipped with a 660 hp 12 cylinder engine, covered a distance of 7085.7 km at an average speed of 295.24 km/h, beating the previous record of 12 km/h.
Even though the W12 Nardò was not prepared for establishing a long distance record, it nevertheless set two further records (over 5000 km and 5000 miles) and 6 international category records.
Records that were broken the following year by the W12 Record
'Moving is a necessity, speed is a pleasure', notes Jean De Baudrillard in Le Système des objets.