Drag Racing a Bugatti Chiron is more difficult than you think

Think you can do better with driver aids off? Think again!

2y ago

Most hyper-cars with 7-Figure price tags spend their lives either as expensive garage ornaments or slowly crawling around narrow streets of London, Monaco or other such place. Not this one however, owner of this Chiron took his pride and joy to the drag-strip accompanied by the 'DragTimes'www.youtube.com/user/DragTimes/videos crew.

You would be excused for thinking that drag racing a Chiron would be quite easy, it's not exactly a hardcore car like a Koenigsegg willing to rip your face off if you make a mistake. In theory, all you should have to do is press launch control and procced step-on the gas. Well turns out it's a bit more complicated than that, the team had to really play around with the various settings and modes the car comes with to get the desired result.

The first launch was a bit well disappointing with the car bogging down and struggling to get past 30mph before rocketing away to a 150mph but the run was messed up anyway. The second time around the guys did a little better but not great, only managing a rather pedestrian 3.8 second 0-60 and 11.09 second 1/4 mile time.

Once the team got to grips with launch control and got the Chiron to a much better launch hitting 60mph in just 2.66 seconds and 9.9 seconds 1/4 mile time.

While it's easy to chuckle a little seeing these guys try to perform a seemingly simple task of just driving in a straight line, however taking into the pressure they must have been under and how complicated the car is I think the team did great shifting through different modes and trying to find the best setting.

Most of all it was a great watch, and I can't wait to see them try it again and see how much quicker they can do, as there is room for improvement, as the Chiron is documented to hit 60 in just 2.4 seconds in the past so a better launch and time is certainly possible.

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Comments (12)

  • Then how did Jeremy Clarkson drag race the Chiron so easily

      2 years ago
    • By running on a grippy runway rather than on a very slick and shiny looking asphalt drag strip.

      And by doing a few takes before the edited run, or compilation of runs, we see on tv

        2 years ago
    • I thought it was the other way around Being on an extra grippy runway can actually make it harder to launch at first (especially with 4WD) as you'll probably underestimate how much grip you have, not give it enough throttle and end up below the...

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        2 years ago
  • Maybe if those guys would’ve stopped arguing about what drive mode to be in for almost the entire time they would’ve actually figured it out.....just saying....

      2 years ago
  • It wouldn't have enough fuel to make it to the first turn. On the other hand, if it managed to survive a lap, deploying a parachute at the end of the lap could be interesting.

    Even the Bugatti doesn't have a parachute to stop. It has brakes. How "primitive".

      2 years ago
  • Bugatti wasn't designed for drag racing. It probably wouldn't do well at a tractor pull or a demo derby(!) either.

    I'm in the US and I don't "get" drag racing. I've been to a few races when I was young and...nothing.

    Now a Bugatti at Bonneville, Pocono, or Lime Rock (I'm on the east coast) would be interesting.

    Hey, lets have fun. Take a drag car to the 'Ring.

      2 years ago
  • Bite is not good for cars. It only work for purposely built drag cars.

      2 years ago