By on September 11, 2017

Bugatti Chiron speed attempt

After throwing down the gauntlet earlier this summer, Bugatti has begun making good on its promise to smash every automotive speed record it can with its new Chiron hypercar. In June, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer told the press that the successor to the brand’s Veyron Super Sport would embark on a 12-month mission to ensure dominance, but admitted he wasn’t entirely sure how much quicker the Chiron would actually be.

However, helped out by silicon carbide brakes with titanium pistons, it turned out to be fast enough to go from a dead stop to 249 mph — and back to zero again — in a staggeringly short 41.96 seconds. Considering that there aren’t many cars that can even go that fast, the record-winning run does feel like a bit of a cheat. The feat is undoubtedly impressive but, since the Chiron has so few contemporaries, the record almost seems engineered to ensure Bugatti a victory.

We’re waiting on the top speed run that surpasses the Veyron’s 268 mph, as well as the Hennessey Venom GT ‘s unofficial 270 mph run from 2014. Bugatti has that event scheduled for 2018 but, even with the Chiron’s staggering specs, it might be a semi-difficult achievement.

Production versions of the Chiron are limited to 261 mph, but the company will disengage the limiter for all record attempts — just like it did with the Veyron. The problem is that nobody knows exactly how fast it will be until drivers start pushing the envelope. Assumedly, it will be faster than its predecessor. Bugatti upgraded the vehicle’s turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 to 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, whereas the Veyron Super Sport only had 1,200 hp and 1,106 foot-pounds. On the downside, the new car is about 330 pounds heavier.

Realistically, we don’t see Bugatti encountering much trouble as it tries for speed records. The automaker is already promising a 0-to-124 mph time of 6.5 seconds and 0-to-186 in under 13.6 seconds — the latter of which is about a second quicker than the old Veyron’s best. But there is a big difference between paper and practice.

For this run, veteran racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya hustled the vehicle up to 400 kph (249 mph) in a scant 32.6 seconds before swapping throttle for brake. Slowing to a halt took another 9.3 seconds, which isn’t bad for about one-third the speed of sound. Montoya also bested his own personal speed, set behind the wheel of an Indy car, with the Chiron and says he’s looking forward to next year’s world speed record attempt.

Bugatti Chiron speed attempt Juan Pablo Montoya

“I hope Bugatti will invite me to their world record run with the Chiron,” he said. “At any rate, I’m saving the date in my calendar.”

Bugatti will likely spend the next few months practicing at Volkswagen’s test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany, where all Veyron record attempts were performed. The course includes a five-mile straightaway, making it one of the few places on the globe where Bugatti can push the vehicle’s speed without having to dodge traffic. Bugatti hasn’t announced when the Chiron will make its official record attempt, just that it would be sometime next year. 

[Image: Bugatti]

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10 Comments on “Bugatti Commences the Chiron’s Record Breaking Spree...”


  • avatar
    Nick_515

    I did the conversion and 270 mph is 434 kph. The mind boggles…

  • avatar
    ash78

    “Code Montoya, I repeat CODE MONTOYA! Please clear the track of all Dryer Trucks.”

  • avatar
    tylanner

    Montoya was officially awarded 11 Most Interesting Man in the World points upon accomplishing the feat. He will be given an additional 35 points if he breaks the top speed mark (this includes the standard 15 points for achieving >250mph in a non-rail/track land vehicle)

  • avatar

    This particular record is about the VW empire and Porsche family getting insecure about Christian Koenigsegg. When I spoke with Koensigsegg at the NY auto show, he was careful not to say that the Regera was as fast as the Veyron but rather that it was the fastest car in the world to 250 mph. He also touted some zero to X to zero times.

    Speaking of insecurity, I get the feeling these records are set just to appeal to people who must have “the fastest”. Makes me think of the guy I saw in LA with the Lambo Gallardo spyder whose face fell when he saw a McLaren 675LT in traffic.

    Thing is, I still haven’t met any car enthusiasts who actually like the modern Bugattis, including a guy who owns one and prefers his Ferraris.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    So, if men supposedly buy big pickups to compensate for their small whatchucallit, how small must one’s whatchucallit be to buy this car? New-born baby size?

    Oh, but this is different, because reasons.

    At least pickups are useful for things other than bragging rights (even if some buy them for that alone). Obviously bragging rights would be the *only* reason for this car to exist. Can it haul people and/or cargo practically? Is it economical? Is it able to venture off road, deal with bad weather, tow, or go many thousands of miles with little to no service?

    “Instead of making a diesel passenger car engine that has acceptable power, torque, durability and mileage figures while being in compliance with emissions laws, we built a 1500 hp car that represents no practical value whatsoever. Das auto.”

    I’m not seriously knocking super cars, or those who buy and/or love them, but what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you want to hate on people for spending lots their money on something that makes them happy, its rather unfair to not include cars like these. Its really the same thing, only many times greater in this instance since you could buy a fleet of “bro-dozers” for what this costs.

    My personal feeling is that someone should buy what ever they want (and can afford), and show at least some respect to those who do the same, even if its not something I (or you) would choose. If an Altima 2.5S CVT, or an F-250 with a lift kit, makes you happy, so be it. Its your money, not mine. I may “hate” on the car itself, but I respect a person’s choice if they buy that car.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      As long as the owners of the hypercars don’t try to set any records on public roads they will probably not hurt anyone but themselves. An F-250 with a lift kit is a danger to everyone else.

      • 0 avatar
        Garrett

        So are 18 wheelers. And people driving any car larger than mine.

        My car is on the small side. As long as the modifications have been performed correctly, I’m not going to worry about a lifted F250 until I see some actual data that shows it’s a horrible menace.

        • 0 avatar
          Detroit-Iron

          This is the best I could do on short notice

          nationalpost.com/news/canada/larger-vehicles-may-make-canadians-feel-safe-on-the-road-but-heavier-cars-are-proven-to-cause-more-fatal-collisions

    • 0 avatar
      Garrett

      I’ve always hated the “vehicle X implies whatever about genital size” because of what the reaction be if you flipped it..and because it’s an idiotic way to try to justify the “stop liking what I don’t like” behavior that has taken over society.

      “She drives a minivan. Can you imagine how large her [censored] must be?” Clearly distasteful, but swap the genders and sizes around and it’s somehow acceptable?

      The next time someone makes such a comment, challenge them by asking why they spend so much time thinking about genital sizes.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Impressive engineering feat, to say the least. And yet, I’d rather pilot a well-restored X 1/9 or 911SC…or something. I guess I’ll never play in that upper stratosphere of automotive ownership (actually, I can’t even play in the restored X 1/9 or 911 SC playground!).


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