Sunday, October 2, 2022
News Bugatti Smashes The 300mph Barrier In A Modified Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Smashes The 300mph Barrier In A Modified Bugatti Chiron

This modified Bugatti Chiron hints at an upcoming future version of Bugatti’s hypercar. Also, it’s the car to break the 300mph barrier

The “regular” production Bugatti Chiron is a fast car. As we know, there are two keys that come with the $2million+ car, one that limits the speed to 236mph and a second one that limits the top speed to 261mph. Although there’s no specifics as to the existence of a third key but there’s a Bugatti Chiron that’s just gone 304.77mph, or just shy of 490km/h.

This confirmed record attempt occurred a half hour drive north from Wolfsburg, at Ehra-Lessien, Volkswagen’s secretive proving grounds. The recorded speed was verified by the TÜV, Germany’s Technical Inspection Association, and Andy Wallace was behind the wheel.

The record attempt took place on August 2nd with a Bugatti Chiron that had been worked over by engineers from Bugatti, Michelin and Dallara. The resulting modifications to the Chiron include a 25cm long-tail type rear extension, a significantly lower ride height, a deleted rear wing and airbrake and stacked shotgun tailpipes. The cabin has been stripped of the passenger seat and other unnecessary elements and a roll-cage has been added for safety.

The final visual result is a Bugatti Chiron that looks like a rolling fantasy. Frank Heyl, Master of arts, head of exterior design, sums up the challenge this car posed: “The biggest challenge is to get the overall package right, not only design, not only aerodynamics, not only engine, not only tyres. It’s to get everything together and working in one car.”

Powering this Chiron prototype is the usual 1,578-horsepower 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine, along with the standard automatic transmission and AWD system.

The goal behind creating such a car seems manifold. First, it serves to demonstrate that Bugatti is all-powerful. Second, it will allow Bugatti to go out with a bang as the future of the brand is electric. It is doubtful that the next Chiron will hit these speeds, it will probably be the first to hit 60mph in under 2 seconds, however. Third, Bugatti will be able to sell a final special version of the Chiron of which only 304 will be built and be sold for millions and millions of dollars. At least, that’s what we’d do.

Source: Top Gear





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Matt St-Pierre
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