Bugatti have just smashed the 300mph barrier in a Chiron
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.
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".