Bugatti breaks world speed record

Bugatti Chiron Zero 400 Zero Front Three Quarters

Bugatti claims to have sold about 300 of the 500 units of Chiron that it plans to build.

The Chiron's 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine uses four turbochargers to make 1500 hp and 1180 lb-ft of torque. "Just like we did with the Chiron", said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

It's a fairly straightforward challenge, as such things go.

At the hands of a seven-time Formula One Grand Prix victor, two-time Indy 500 victor, and three-time Daytona 24 Hours, the Bugatti Chiron has set a new world recording to be crowned the fastest production auto to accelerate from 0-400-0km/h.

"Up to the present day, this is the fastest time reached and officially measured for this driving maneuver throughout the world" - said Mr Dürheimer. Behind the wheel for this speed test was F1 and IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Bugatti breaks world speed record

"Of course, the Chiron is a super sports auto that requires your full attention when you are behind the wheel", he said. At launch, only two are active, taking care of any low-end turbo lag.

The time? 41.96 seconds, which doesn't sound that fast in a world where a (albeit 600bhp) family saloon will hit 62mph in three. With the help of the special carbon disc brakes with titanium pistons as well as the rear wing, the hypercar came back to a standstill after the 0-400 kmph run in a distance of 3.11 kms. The acceleration bit took 32.6 seconds and 2.6km.

Bugatti now holds the record for the top speed of a vehicle with the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport's 2010 mark of 267mph. In order to do that, the Chiron would have to breach the 268 miles per hour (431 km/h) mark.

Still, even without that achievement it seems sales haven't been slow. In the video, Bugatti demonstrates just how quickly the Chiron can hustle onwards to roughly 365 km/h - in an indicated 25.5 seconds - before it pulls away from the camera chase vehicle, which one can safely assume is another Chiron.

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