The Bugatti Chiron has smashed the 300mph barrier
The Bugatti Chiron has become the first road going car to break the magical 300mph barrier.
During a record attempt on 2 August 2019, Andy Wallace took a lightly modified Chiron (thought to be the Chiron SuperSport prototype) to 304.773mph (490.483 km/h) at Volkswagen Group's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.
This means the Chiron beats the previous record, set at 284.55mph by Koenigsegg.
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Bugatti's not released more details than that so far, but Top Gear magazine is reporting that the car used for the production run wasn't your ordinary Chiron. The Top Gear website says that the car was 25cm longer than the production car and uses a laser-controlled ride-height system to ensure that the car sticks to the ground while simultaneously creating as little drag as possible.
Bugatti hasn't officially confirmed the car's spec yet, but presumably the car would've been running on a bespoke set of Michelin tyres designed for spinning very, very fast.
Top Gear says that the Chiron's flip-up rear wing and airbrake were consigned to a dustbin in the corner of the Molsheim works in favour of a static rear deck, and the passenger seat was chucked out as well – all in a bid to save weight.
Power was eased up to 1578bhp, which, if we were partial to a spot of gambling would imagine will appear in some special edition Chiron given time.
Bugatti bows out of top speed record attempts
Top Gear is also reporting that the brand will no longer compete for top-speed bragging rights. Speaking to Top Gear, Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann said: "We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future we will focus on other areas."