A chopper, a second Chiron, and post-processing trickery

Back in 2017 Bugatti released a two-minute video of the Bugatti Chiron going from 0 to 250 mph in only 42 seconds, setting a new world record. Almost three years later, the guys from Outrun unveiled how they filmed it. And as it turns out, it’s a lot more difficult than you’d expect. This video also comes to reject the rumor that the high-speed run was recorded with a beefed-up Toyota Supra camera car.

Recording a Bugatti Chiron at 250 MPH Is No Easy Task
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Outrun's documentary video reveals that the crew used a Caterham Seven as a camera car for certain shots, but the lightweight British sports car wasn't used during the actual run.

The dynamic footage showing the Chiron accelerate to 250 mph was actually shot with... another Chiron. The second Bugatti had a small camera usually found on high-end drones mounted on its rear bumper. But it was no easy task.

Although the hero and the camera cars are just as powerful, the crew had to practice a lot until drivers of both cars launched at the same time. The placement of the camera was problematic too, as exhaust gas passed right in front of the lens, making everything seem a bit out of focus. The filming team didn’t realize this until they started editing the video. Granted, everything was fixed thanks to modern editing tech, but Outrun says it could have been better.

Recording a Bugatti Chiron at 250 MPH Is No Easy Task
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The second issue came from the fact that the camera and the mounts were so stable, that the footage was almost lifeless. So the editing team had to add camera shake digitally in order for the video to look more dynamic and realistic.

Everything you heard in the video, though, it’s authentic Chiron engine noise, as outrun mounted microphones near the exhaust pipes.

Aerial footage was taken using a helicopter. While this solution seems a bit dated and expensive now that we can purchased all sorts of high-end drones, it seems that these are too slow for the Chiron. Also, the director of this film says that a chopper provided more precise control over what was filming in the air and on the ground, as he was able to communicate in real time with a passenger inside the Chiron.

Recording a Bugatti Chiron at 250 MPH Is No Easy Task
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What? There was a passenger alongside F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya? Yup, a member of the crew rode inside the hero car to ensure communication with the director from the helicopter. The reason why you can’t see the passenger is that he was removed digitally. The wonders of technology, huh?

At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure that this video cost Bugatti a pretty penny, but hey, it was all worth it given the awesome footage and all the hype that it created around the incredible Chiron.

Bugatti Chiron specifications
Engine 8.0-liter W-16
Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower
Torque 1180 lb-ft
Transmission Seven-Speed DCT
0-62 MPH 2.5 Seconds
0-124 MPH 6.4 Seconds
0-186 mph 13.6 Seconds
Top Speed 261 MPH
Weight 4,400 pounds
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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