That didn’t take long! A modified version of the Chiron hypercar wrote history today: it became the first production car to brake the 300 mph barrier. To be more precise: 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h)! The record was established on a test track in Germany.
“What a record! We’re overjoyed to be the first manufacturer ever to have achieved a speed of more than 300 miles per hour. It’s a milestone for eternity. I would like to thank the whole team and driver Andy Wallace for this outstanding performance,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.
The Chiron used for the new record is based on the Chiron Sport and was developed in cooperation with Dallara. However, customers will never get the chance to drive a Chiron like this, because it actually comes with a lot of changes. The engine is not a standard Chiron one, but was borrowed from the recently launched Centodieci and delivers a total of 1,577 horsepower – up from the usual 1,479 horsepower.
Also, this special Chiron is longer by about 10 inches and comes with a special spoiler that helps reducing drag. It also sits on special high-speed Michelin tires.
Last time when Bugatti established a speed record was back in 2010 when the Veyron Super Sport was able to hit a top speed of 258 mph. The record was then broken in 2017 by Koenigsegg Agera RS with a top speed of 277.9 mph, and now again by Bugatti. So, we guess Koenigsegg your move now!