Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Bugatti just won the race to 300 miles per hour with a Chiron

Watch Bugatti sets world speed record of 304. 8 mph A Bugatti Chiron set a world speed record by going 304.8 mph on a German test track
Ginger Lawrence | 03 September, 2019, 12:46

In fact, the auto is far from standard.

The landmark speed was achieved by veteran racing driver and Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace who has previously set production auto speed records with the Jaguar XJ220 and McLaren F1. That's the same place that Bugatti has previously set its 400km/h, 250mph and 0-400-0km/h records.

"It's inconceivable that a auto would be capable of this", Wallace says. All land speed records require two runs on the same course in opposite directions, with the record being the average speed of the two. Firstly, Koenigsegg won't give up that easily, and with a similar sprinkle of engineering wizardry, could potentially push the Agera RS to equal heights. It's also notably nearly 10 inches longer than a standard Chiron, which means that this is likely the "longtail" version that we've been anticipating. Koenigsegg has a tendency to not take these things lying down.

Bugatti swept the Ehra-Lessien test track and X-rayed the car's tyres before the run.

It's easy to question the relevance of a auto which can only perform its party trick at one test track in Germany. At 25cm longer, this Chiron has an elegant but menacing presence.

To reduce drag, the rear wing and airbrake have been removed and replaced with a static unit recessed into the tail. Its purposeful intent is amplified by laser-controlled ride height, set significantly lower to reduce drag, giving the impression that the auto is melting into the tarmac.

The Chiron that broke the 300mph barrier was powered by a 1,578bhp 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 that is also called Thor.

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Additionally unchanged is the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive system.

Michelin played an integral role in the Chiron's top speed run.

It's unlikely to feature the stripped-out single-seat interior or roll-cage but is likely to get the mechanical upgrades.

Ultimately it renders the 300mph Chiron a bit of a one-off.

Although Bugatti has not yet confirmed it will build a go-faster Super Sports model as it did with the Veyron (the Chiron's predecessor), the fact this new record-setting vehicle is considered a "near-production prototype" hints that a limited run Chiron SS could be on the way. Secondly, this is an undeniable a statement of intent for Bugatti, and whether the manufacturer has admitted it or not, looks likely to result in a production Super Sport Chiron. With this new record of the Chiron we enter again uncharted territory. We have now achieved this - making ourselves, the entire team and myself, incredibly proud, " Winkelmann said in a statement.

"We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future we will focus on other areas", says Winkelmann.

That'll be an SUV then.