New speed record for world's fastest vehicle

New speed record for world's fastest vehicle

The automaker said the top speed run took place on a test track in Germany, with test driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel.

Described as a near-production prototype by its maker, the record-breaking Chiron was driven by Andy Wallace at the Ehra-Lessien testing facility to an eye-watering 304.77 miles per hour.

Although Bugatti has not yet confirmed it will build a go-faster Super Sports model as it did with the Veyron (the Chiron's predecessor), the fact this new record-setting auto is considered a "near-production prototype" hints that a limited run Chiron SS could be on the way.

Nonetheless, to make it pierce by way of the air with final effectivity, the physique has been prolonged by one other 25cm and a laser-assisted ride-height system has been integrated so the automotive can sit as low to the street as potential with out bottoming out throughout the record-setting velocity runs.

The upcoming Chiron special edition has a longer tail and revised exhausts. Furthermore, the Chiron's rear wing and airbrake were jettisoned and a new rear aero piece is integrated into the car's tail.

According to Bugatti, its remote telemetry couldn't keep up with the Chiron's record run. We're overjoyed to be the first manufacturer ever to have achieved a speed of more than 300mph.

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"The biggest challenge is to get the overall package right, not only design, not only aerodynamics, not only engine, not only tires".

As for power, the record-setting Chiron uses the same 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine found in the stock auto, though it has the 1,600-horsepower tune of the Centodieci.

"Bugatti has once again shown what it's capable of. Never before has a series manufacturer reached this high speed", says Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti. "Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magic 300 miles per hour mark".

If you're wondering what's with the orange stripes contrasting the black body, it might be Bugatti's way of saying a Chiron Super Sport is on the way taking into account the Veyron Super Sport also had these striking visual contrasts. With this new record of the Chiron we enter again uncharted territory.

"We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world".