Let $V_n$ be the least real number such that for every convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ with hypervolume $1$ there is a containing simplex with hypervolume $V_n$. What is known about $V_n$? Is there a known general formula? If not, then what are the known best bounds for $V_n$?
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The problem seems to be still open even for $n=3$: 


The paper Parallelotopes of Maximum Volume in a Simplex by Lassak gives the maximum possible volume of a parallelotope in a simplex as $n!/n^n$ times the volume of the simplex. This gives us a bound of $V_n \geq n^n/n!$, which I suspect is tight. 


In the paper Minimum area of circumscribed polygons, in Elemente der Mathematik Vol. 28 (1973), Chakerian proved the following: Any convex body K in Euclidean nspace is contained in a simplex T of volume not more than n^{n1} times that of K. Nothing is said there about the extremal cases, so it is possible that the bound is not tight. 

