Bugatti Chiron Super Sport’s Record-Breaking Run Was This Close to Disaster
Have you ever stopped to consider just how much risk was involved in Bugatti’s record-breaking attempt with the Chiron Super Sport? We mean, the entire team behind the 300+ mph run did an outstanding job in not leaving any loose ties as expected, but even with all the preparations in the world, things were pretty close of going sideways in an instant. Or should we say airborne instead?
Cultured race driver Andy Wallace, the one who steered the Chiron Super Sport towards reaching the mind-shattering speed of 304 mph (490 km/h), has revealed that at some point doing the run, he “jumped the Chiron” at 277 mph (447 km/h).
After People Called Foul on the "Bugatti Chiron’s" New Record, Bugatti Says It Can Go Faster...in the Right Conditions
Bugatti bewildered the automotive world recently when it released a video showing what the company called at the time a ’near-production’ Chiron exceeding 300 mph at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien proving grounds in Germany. We later found out that the Chiron in question is, effectively, a whole new version of the storied Chiron, one that features heavily revised aerodynamics including a Le Mans-esque long tail and is based on the Chiron Sport. People criticized Bugatti for not doing a two-way average before claiming that their car is the fastest in the world and, in response, Bugatti says 304 mph isn’t as fast as the long tail Chiron ca go.
If you’re up to date with what’s going on in Germany where the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing, you’ll know by now that, not only did Bugatti argue that its faster-than-fast Chiron can go even faster, but it will also put it into production with the batch of 30 ’Chiron Sport 300+’ expected to sell like hotcakes although nobody’s got a huge oval like that at Ehra-Lessien to test the car’s ludicrous top speed. Maybe Bugatti did it under pressure from Koenigsegg and other peers that came forth saying whatever Bugatti used to reach 304 mph is not a legitimate production car and, as such, the record isn’t valid. Let’s see if the French company returns to the track to go even faster - although Bugatti tried to make us believe they actually don’t care about top speed runs anymore... yea, right!
The Bugatti Chiron Has Officially Broken 300 MPH, But It’s Not a Production Model
Remember when Bugatti said it won’t pursuit a new top speed record with the Chiron? Well, the French firm lied and built a bespoke Chiron that just smashed the 300 mph barrier. However, you won’t be able to do the same in a production Chiron, as the new record holder is actually a prototype based on the Chiron Sport.
Bah, Humbug: Bugatti’s Gone Cold on Doing a Top Speed Run for The Chiron
The world has been waiting two years for the Bugatti Chiron to post a top speed run. We’ve been teased about it before, but now it looks all that teasing will be for naught. Bugatti has now closed the door on a top speed run for the Chiron. Word of the company’s decision on the issue comes straight from the mouth of CEO Stephen Winkelmann, who said that a top speed run isn’t in any of Bugatti’s priorities at the moment. Whether that position holds true or changes remains to be seen, but if you’re looking for a threat to the Koenigsegg Agera RS’ world record top speed of 277.8 mph, that conversation, at least for now, starts and ends with the Hennessey Venom F5. Bugatti’s not joining that party, much to the dismay of everyone.
Bugatti Gets Its Name in the Record Books Again, but It’s Not for Top Speed
When Bugatti unleashed the fury that is the Chiron on the world, it came with a massive improvement of 296 horsepower and 74 pound-foot of torque over its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sports. With a total of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque on tap, we’re talking about a whole new level of performance and power, something that requires vigilance, focus, and some serious balls of steel if you really want to see things through to their full potential. But, there is a problem – the Chiron is so fast it needs special tires to handle any record-breaking speed, so Bugatti had to limit its top speed to 261 mph. Of course, there’s a “top speed key” that unlocks the full potential, but initial buyers were stuck below the 268-mph limit set forth by the Veyron. Be that as it may, it was said early on that the Chiron was more than capable of toppling that record by none other than Le Mans champion and Bugatti test driver, Andy Wallace. The company has since gone on to say that it would make a record attempt in the future, but it hasn’t made it there quite yet. The Chiron has, however, set a new record for the 0-400-0 sprint – an all-new record.
So, what record was set? Well, the Chiron – with the top speed key – was able to make it from a standstill to 400 kph, then back to a dead stop in just 41.96 seconds. Of course, we can’t really compare this run to any other vehicles, as nobody has ever actually completed the run outside of theoretic computer models, so Bugatti was the first. For those of you on this side of the pond, that means the Chiron went from 0 to 248.54 mph and back to zero. Not bad, but far from the Veyron’s top speed of 268 mph. It was able to hit 248.54 mph in just 32.6 seconds and 8,599 feet, so it took a total of just 9.6 seconds and 1,611 feet to go from 248.54 mph to a complete stop, adding about 2g of force against the driver during the braking maneuver. To put that into perspective, that’s about the same force that astronauts feel when they are launched into space. Want to know more about the Chiron and the individual behind this impressive run?
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Bugatti Test Driver Thinks The Chiron Can Reach A Top Speed Of 280 MPH
A production car hitting a top speed of 300 mph remains one of the most sought-after records in the auto world. Some cars like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Hennessey Venom GT have come close to reaching that number, but unless Hennessey has some surprises up its sleeve with the new Venom F5, it appears that Bugatti isn’t actively striving to reach for that mark for the time being.
Speaking with Popular Mechanics, Bugatti test driver and former Le Mans champion Andy Wallace indicated that even if the Chiron is capable of achieving an unlimited top speed of 300 mph, it’s unlikely that the company will seek to find out. A big reason for that, at least according to Wallace, pertains to the tires, or the lack of a specific set of tires that can withstand the pressure of a car going that fast. Apparently, the Chiron has valve caps on each wheel that weigh 2.5 grams when the supercar isn’t moving. But that weight equates to about 16 pounds when the car is hitting its so-called “limited” top speed of 261 mph. With the load on the wheels increasing exponentially as the car goes even faster, the Chiron’s tires would not be able to handle the G-load that they’ll inevitably be subjected to. Fortunately, Wallace did tell Popular Mechanics that Michelin is currently developing a set of tires that can help elevate the Chiron’s top speed to north of 280 mph. It’s still not 300 mph, but it should be more than enough to make the Chiron the fastest production car in the world, depending on what Hennessey accomplishes with the Venom F5.
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Bugatti Confirms Chiron World Speed Record Attempt
Proving that all is fair in love and world speed records, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is making it known that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s 268-mph world speed record has been put on notice by its successor, the Bugatti Chiron. Dürheimer made the bold statement in a conversation with Autocar, confidently saying that the Chiron will be faster than the Veyron Super Sport. The only question is by how much.
That’s exactly what Bugatti plans to find out, even though an actual date for the attempt has yet to be determined. Previous reports said that the automaker is putting a priority on ramping up production for the Chiron in order to fulfill the more than 200 deposits it has received for the supercar. Only when those orders have been met will Bugatti embark on breaking the Veyron Super Sport’s record. When it does happen, Bugatti would likely do it at the Ehra-Lessien test facility, the same venue where former F1 driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel set the Veyron’s 268-mph world speed record back in 2010.
It may be a little presumptuous to say that the Chiron’s ascendance to the record books is academic, but the numbers certainly point in its favor. For one, the Chiron’s 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine is capable of producing 1,479 horsepower and 1,179 pound-feet of torque. That’s a significant improvement from the Veyron Super Sport’s output of 1,183 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque.
It’s also worth noting that Bugatti removed the Veyron Super Sport’s speed limiter when it set the record in 2010. That explains why the supercar was able to hit 268 mph despite having an official top speed of 257 mph. Consider then that the Chiron’s announced top speed of 261 mph is faster than the Veyron Super Sport. Expect Bugatti to once again lift the speed limiter when the Chiron makes its world speed record attempt.
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Yesterday, Bugatti unveiled the special-edition Veyron Vitesse WRC Limited Edition to celebrate its latest record: a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph) achieved with a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with Chinese racecar driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel.
Today, British magazine EVO released the first video featuring Bugatti’s new record. Harry Metcalfe took a trip to Ehra-Lessien, Germany to be a witness of this major event. Luckily for us he was kind enough to share the event with us, before Bugatti will decide to finally offer an official video of its new record.
In this video, he mentions the Veyron SuperSport’s “world record” top speed; well, that has since been stricken from the Guinness Book due to its disabled speed limiter. We can only hope that the WRC Limited Edition will also have its limiter disabled from the factory, as from what Metcalfe tells us, the record-setting model does, in fact, have its limiter off. If not, we can surely expect to see the same drama as unfolded earlier in the week.
As a plus, at the end of the video, Harry Metcalfe gets behind the wheel of the new Veyron Vitesse WRC and pushes it to the limit. Our advice to you is to be patient and watch the full 10 minutes video, it totally worth it!
When we decided to pit the two top supercars against one another, the list had to include the Bugatti Veyron, the Goliath of the supercar world. Its competitor, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly as clear cut, as there are numerous cars that you can match up against the Veyron and get a good fight.
The first one that we looked at was the Hennessey Venom GT and its 1,244-horsepower V-8. In all honesty, the Hennessey just feels more like a kit car to us, thanks to its Lotus Elise base. Granted, that’s one bad-ass, Bugatti killing kit car, but it still just didn’t feel right to us.
After spanning the globe trying to find a good competitor, we ended up right back in the U.S. with the all-new SSC Tuatara. This limited production supercar definitely has the power to handle the likes of the Veyron on paper, but we really need to dig in deep to see what really happens when we put them up against each other.
To find out who wins you’ll have to click past the jump.
We’ve learned a few things about Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, in the past few weeks, one of which is his increasingly apparent obsession with the world’s top speed record.
After telling CAR Magazine the importance of Bugatti maintaining the top speed record by saying that it’s "a cornerstone of the modern Bugatti philosophy", Durheimer laid notice to everyone that if anybody wanted to try breaking the Veyron’s record, then they’re going to get a pretty serious fight from Bugatti.
In an interview with Motor Trend, Durheimer had this to say: “You know we have the speed record with Bugatti and there are always rumors around that someone, maybe Koeniggsegg could come, and do another record. No matter where the Veyron project is if someone comes… we would strike back."
Fighting words, indeed.
For now, the Veyron is nearing its run and other automakers, particularly Koenigsegg and SSC, have released their new supercars - the Agera R and the Tuatara - with the intention of toppling the Veyron Super Sport’s 267.85 mph record. But if you heard Durheimer’s words, then all these other brands best be warned. Bugatti’s not conceding the world’s top speed record to anybody without a serious fight.
Snow balls in hell be damned; we’ve got a fight on our hands!
Just like boxing’s mythical ’pound-for-pound’ title, the unofficial designation of being the world’s fastest production car doesn’t have any trophies. Sure, there’s the Guinness World Records, but really, the whole thing about which car can hit the highest top speed is a conversation best served for those who really do care about it. Say, somebody like Bugatti who is the current record-holder for the fastest production car on the planet, the Veyron Super Sport. This company clearly lists speed high on their level of priorities and the company’s new CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, is aiming to keep it that way by stating that Bugatti will continue to produce the world’s fastest cars.
In an interview with CAR Magazine, Durheimer made no bones about the company’s obsession with always being the fastest, saying that its a cornerstone of the modern Bugatti philosophy.
’It is vital that Bugatti produces the world’s fastest car,’ he said. It’s hard to take his words with a grain of salt because the company has a history of one-upping cars that take the claim of being the fastest in the world away from them. Remember when the SSC Ultimate Aero arrived and overtook the Veyron in the top spot? Bugatti responded by releasing the Super Sport, a juiced up version of their Veyron supercar.
"It’s human nature," Durheimer said. "We are always going to want to find out who runs the 100m the fastest. It’s the same with cars."
Say what you want about Bugatti’s apparent obsession with being the fastest of them all, but you can’t deny that they’ve come out swinging and hit home runs when the situation calls for it.
In the realm of supercars, there are those that take you by the seat of your pants and toss you around for a wild ride. Those are pretty fun – who are we kidding, those are still awesome – but then you have a completely different animal that grabs you by the soul and shakes you from the inside out. These cars, often dubbed hyper cars, are not pretty and they’re not necessarily comfortable, but rather they are functional bodies wrapped around massive amounts of power with a few seats to plop down those hind sides brave enough to sit in them.
One of the kings of the hyper car world in recent years has been the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. It was already powerful as is, but Bugatti wanted more and created the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, smashing the world record for fastest production vehicle (at the time).
This 2011 Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the ultimate cult car, if your cult consists of folks boasting multi-billion dollar bank accounts and an unscratchable itch to drive the most bad ass cars. But exactly how bad ass is this cult car? We’ll take a closer look and let you know exactly what we think of it with a full review.
Updated 07/10/2013: Bugatti unveiled a new video featuring the Veyron Super Sport in action on the race track. Enjoy!
To read more, click past the jump and have a look at our full review of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
It was only a matter of time before the blue-jeaned wonder that is Jay Leno would get the chance to drive the fastest production car on the planet. Frankly, we’re surprised it took him so long to get a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport into his famous garage, but considering this is a special Veyron, donned in an exposed blue carbon fiber, it was probably worth the wait. For Leno, of course.
Short reminder: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is powered by a 16-cylinder engine with four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers that have been used to boost the power to a total of 1200 HP. Just after its official launch, the car was entered into the Guinness Book of Records with an average top speed of 431 km/h (267 mph), making it the fastest car in the world.
Make sure you check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport. Pay special attention to the end, where Leno drives the vehicle to determine if it is really worth the crazy price tag it comes with.
A couple of weeks ago, Bugatti made a worthwhile statement with their Veyron SS speed monster. This beast was capable of hitting an average top speed of 267mph, effectively placing it in the Guinness Book of Records. Koenigsegg wasn’t just going to sit back and let Bugatti take all of the glory, so they prepared their new Agera hypercar to effectively beat the Veyron Super sports’ top speed. And who better to test it than the men of Top Gear.
The man behind the Agera super car, Christian von Koenigsegg, isn’t a man to be reckoned with. He’s one of the few people who have both the will and the means to silence Bugatti of its record-topping Veyron SS. According reliable reports, his aim is to do just that, and his new Agera is just the machine to do it.
Coincidentally, it was the men of Top Gear who first gave the news of the Bugatti’s record to Koenigsegg, even though the feat was still supposed to be kept under wraps. Upon hearing the news, Koenigsegg immediately began thinking out loud of places he could test his new supercar.
The auction house Gooding & Company did alright for themselves this past Saturday the evening before the highly anticipated Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, selling an impressive 83% of all their lots earning more than $21 Million. The star of the block was a red 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider that sold for $2,750,000. There were also a few records set that evening, with the 1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Drop Head Coupe that went for $1,650,000, and the 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster that sold for $192,500. On a more technical note, the 1938 Buick Limited Series 80 Opera Brougham only set a record for pre-war Buicks at $506,000.
Aside from the record breaking Aston Martin and Ferrari’s, the crowd in attendance was eager to catch a glimpse of Lot 31, Ettore Bugatti’s own 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe. Originally assembled as a birthday present for Le Patron, founder of the ultra exotic car company, this particular Type 57C has been deemed as one of the automaker’s most cherished creations. The factory’s workers even went to great lengths to protect the Bugatti during World War II, the fighting between that Allied Forces and the Axis Powers ended up destroying the factory in Molsheim, France.
Even after Ettore’s death in 1947, the 57C was meticulously maintained and continued to receive updates as they were developed. The car is said to be extremely unique, with a distinct engine and transmission package, upgrades to the interior and one-off coachwork that is believed to be based on the last design ever created by Ettore’s son, Jean Bugatti who died at the age of 30 in an unfortunate incident, test driving a Le Mans winning Type 57 tank-bodied race car. Making for one very interesting conversation piece.
Press release after the jump.
Auto Motor und Sport recently took on an exercise to determine which car among a variety of exotic sports models was the fastest of them all. On the track were Aston Martin Vanquish S, Bugatti Veyron, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper SRT-10, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Ford GT, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Mercedes SLR McLaren, and Porsche 911 Turbo.
The Bugatti Veyron came out on top with an almost unbelievable 249.7 mph. Second fastest was the Lamborghini at 211.2 mph and third came the (...)