Have We Completely Lost It?
A Bugatti breaks the 300mph barrier and nobody seems to care...?
I'm 21-years-old, and to save you from the maths, that makes me younger than the Ferrari F40 and the McLaren F1. I can only imagine that based off those cars' respective legacies, the idea of a road car being capable of 200mph and 240mph was simply ridiculous.
However, I do remember catching onto the sheer hype, love and astonishment of the legendary Bugatti Veyron.
1,000bhp, £1 million, 10 radiators which surpasses the amount in my house, indicator stalks that cost £4,500 each! But of course, it could power onto a top speed of 253mph.
If you're under about 18-ish, I don't think you'll ever understand just how much of a stir the Veyron caused. For years, everyone was talking about it in school. It was the trump card to have while having your face smashed while sitting near the football pitch. If you had a hot wheels version (which were impossible to find back then), you were bloody cool!
The sheer speed of the Veyron is why everyone was so mesmerised by it. It caught people's imagination like no other car before it, and the thought of anything reaching the next milestone of 300mph was all but an impossible dream.
Except... it really did happen. But why is everyone so 'meh' about it??
Image: Bugatti Newsroom
This is the Bugatti Chiron Supersports 300+. Not the catchiest of names, but nevertheless it clocked a jaw-collapsing 304.7mph at their top secret test track near the former East German boarder.
304mph. Sorry, can we just let that sink in? Because that was back in 2019 and despite two years of that record being published, nobody seems to give a horse's arse!
I'm not the only one who thinks this either: in an issue of Octane Magazine I read many moons ago, Jay Leno also expressed that despite this simply unbelievable achievement by Bugatti, there was so little noise. Only a few whispers of fuss that ever said 'wow, this is a huge deal!'
Why has everybody suddenly gone all straight-faced when the mystic 300mph barrier has been broken? What damaging aspects of what I believed was our car community caused everyone to not be bothered? If the 200mph and 250mph top speed targets were highly anticipated, what reason is there not to be hyped about a car smashing through the 300mph milestone?
Whether you care or not, the Chiron Supersports will eventually go down in history as one of the all-time great cars. A legend that broke the motorcar's most significant speed record... that somehow flew over everyone's heads.
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Image: Bugatti Newsroom
I'm interested in why on earth the 304mph speed record went so quietly. Why do you think this has been the case - especially for the best part of two years? Are you even bothered yourself??
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