Bugatti Chiron shatters speed record at more than 300 miles per hour

Bugatti Chiron shatters speed record at more than 300 miles per hour

The "stock" Chiron is powered by an 8-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine that produces 1103kW and 1600Nm. But a limited-edition Bugatti Centodieci unveiled in August is priced from €8m ($13m) plus taxes which would push it to $20 million in Australia, suggesting the new vehicle will command a hefty fee.

The Ehra-Lessien test track's 9 km (~5.6 mi) straight could only provide Bugatti with a limited time to max out the Chiron, so it's engineers spent the past six months, along with a team from Michelin and Dallara, honing the auto even further.

At first glance, the Chiron used in the record attempt may look a little odd, and your eyes aren't deceiving you.

Bugatti Chiron
The official top speed for the run was 304.773 mph

Bugatti has become the first production auto manufacturer to break the 300mph limit.

The new benchmark shatters the 431km/h top speed of the previous-generation Bugatti Veyron. There were no changes done to the transmission or the all-wheel-drive system of the Chiron. A bucket seat and full roll cage were also installed to keep the driver safe.

"The Bugatti is the only hyper sports auto that combines all of these characteristics in one vehicle".

A laser-controlled ride height system was also added to ensure the adjustable suspension is geared towards keeping the amount of drag as low as possible.

Le Mans victor and Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace reached the top speed of exactly 490.484kmph on August 2.

Images of the interior are not available at the time of writing, but Top Gear points out the purpose-built Chiron Sport is strictly a one-seater as the passenger seat has been replaced with a plethora of computers. The latter supercar was the first to breach the 300 miles per hour mark worldwide.

Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti, talking about his speed record, said, "Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magic 300-mile-per-hour mark". We have now achieved this - making ourselves, the entire team and myself, incredibly proud, " Winkelmann said in a statement. After withdrawing from the competition, they will concentrate on producing world's fastest serial production auto. It has become the first hypercar to have crossed the 300mph barrier, which is approximately 483kmph, meaning that the Chiron can cover the distance equivalent to a football at the blink of an eye.

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