- Picture courtesy of Top Gear.

Bugatti have just smashed the 300mph barrier in a Chiron

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The mythical 300mph barrier has just been surpassed by Bugatti while testing one of their go-faster Chirons at the Ehra-Lessien circuit, beating the previous record held by Koenigsegg with the incredible Agera RS. With Any Wallace behind the wheel of the Chiron, he managed to record a speed of 304.77mph making it the fastest hypercar to date.

Bugatti hatched a plan six months ago to try and break the barrier and with that they took the normal production Chiron and started tinkering with it. Focused initially on reducing drag, Bugatti have extended the car 25cm longer to improve air flow, removed the massive rear air brake and replaced it with a smaller, static wing which is more aerodynamically stable at high speed. Gone are the standard bumpers with improved and larger air intakes to channel the air more efficiently and improve cooling for the massive W16 engine. The rear bumper is completely new with a crazy exhaust setup, also to help with stabilising air flow and massive rear fin diffusers.

Photo courtesy of Top Gear.

Photo courtesy of Top Gear.

The Chiron's powerplant W16 remains mostly the same apart from a couple of tweaks boosting the power to 1,578bhp.

"Bugatti has once again shown what it’s capable of. With this new record of the Chiron we enter again uncharted territory. Never before has a series manufacturer reached this high speed,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.

“Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magic 300mph mark. We have now achieved this – making ourselves, the entire team and myself, incredibly proud.” With this record, Bugatti will also withdraw from the competition to produce the fastest serial production cars. “We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future we will focus on other areas".

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Comments (11)

  • Wait up, is it still road legal though? I mean I'm not an expert on what is and what isn't but since this doesn't have a front bumper and those tyres... Those tires are specially made for this tuned car. 90% sure they aren't road legal

      2 years ago
    • Doesn’t matter mate, they did it. It’s not like Koenigsegg’s 300MPH car would’ve been street legal.

        2 years ago
    • It was designed to be street legal, it is street legal...

        2 years ago
  • This is freakin automotive history. Now who will make it to 400mph?

      2 years ago
    • 2 years ago
  • Great technical achievement but the car is utterly pointless. There isn’t a road or racetrack on the planet (other than probably Ehra Lessien ...which VAG owns as a test facility) where you can unleash it. So what’s the point other than owning one allows you to win a pissing contest? The sooner this stupid horsepower race ends the better. Cars are getting so capable that it’s not possible to have fun in them anymore because they are boring as 🦇💩 under 160kph.

      2 years ago
    • Isn't being a great technical achievement enough of a point?

        2 years ago
    • Perhaps. But this HP race is infecting all vehicles to the detriment of them all. Can’t we have a contest to build the most exciting car instead of a contest to build a car that’s even faster than a car that’s already 160kph faster than you’ll...

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        2 years ago
  • Next to the quickest, also one great looking Bugatti!

      2 years ago
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