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Watch a modified Bugatti Chiron break the 300mph barrier

By Kenny Yeo - on 3 Sep 2019, 10:55am

Watch a modified Bugatti Chiron break the 300mph barrier

The modified Bugatti Chiron used for the speed run. (Image source: Bugatti)

Bugatti has long maintained that its Chiron would be able to go faster than 300mph (~483km/h) and they have finally gone ahead and proved it.

In early August this year, Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace successfully piloted a modified Chiron to a mind-warping speed of 304.773mph (~490.42km/h). That's over 136 metres per second — more than the length of a football field.

At that speed, you could get from Tuas Checkpoint to Changi Airport in well under 9 minutes.

 

However, Bugatti didn't used a standard Chiron for this speed run. It's a modified unit that has various  modifications. The body is about 25cm longer than a standard Chiron and it sits lower to the ground, all in the name of reducing drag.

The engine churns out more power too. It's still an 8-litre W16 quad-turbo unit, but it puts out 1,578hp — about 100hp more than the regular Chiron's. Bugatti has nicknamed this particular engine "Thor," which is fitting.

To avoid disputes, the speed run was verified by the ruthlessly meticulous TÜV – Germany’s Technical Inspection Association.

The Chiron used has various modifications including extended exhausts and a redesigned rear wing to reduce drag. (Image source: Bugatti)

After the run, Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti, said that there can be no question of Bugatti's expertise in creating the world's fastest cars and that the company will now stop competing against other companies based on speed.

Winkelmann said:

We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future, we will focus on other areas.

Clearly, this is an amazing achievement, but given that it isn't a standard Chiron, I think it's correct to say that the title of world's fastest production car still lies with the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which recorded 277.87mph (447.19km/h) in a speed run in 2017.

That said, Bugatti could claim the title outright if they decide to release a road-going version of this modified Chiron. Do it!