A modified Chiron clocked in the VW Group in Ehra-Lessien 304.77 miles per hour.
The true potential of the Bugatti Chiron has finally been revealed. We all knew that the electronic speed limiter had much more to offer at 261 mph – it was only a question of how much of the car's 310 mph speedometer would be used up.
The answer? Almost everything. With the official test driver Andy Wallace at the wheel, a Chiron drove a staggering 304.77 mph. The hypercar was not far away and reached 500 km / h in the 12-mile test facility Ehra-Lessien of the VW Group. This incredible number led to a speed of 490.47 km / h.
A few years ago, the Chiron significantly outperformed the single-speed top speed (averaged over two 277 mph passes) managed by the Koenigsegg Agera RS in Nevada, defeating the likes of the SSC Tuatara and the Hennessey Venom F5 at 300mph. The restriction? It was not a normal Chiron, so there are no claims that it is a production car. It's also not the first road car driving at over 300 mph – a heavily modified Ford GT has done so in the past year.
The Chiron used for the record is 25mm longer than stock, according to TopGear.com, and has trenched both the original mudguard and the air brake. The exhaust corresponds to the layout used for the EB110-like Centodieci, as the position of the tailpipes does not affect air resistance and air resistance that much. Meanwhile, Pistonheads reported that the car was using specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which were x-rayed before the race.
The engine is more More powerful than the standard with a power of 1578 hp, which corresponds to an increase of about 100 hp. However, the transmission and the four-wheel drive system were not changed at all.
Bugatti has a fantastic PR opportunity to dine here. We therefore expect that soon many videos, pictures and technical details will flood. Watch this space …