The Bugatti Chiron just broke the 300-mph barrier


The Bugatti Chiron is the first production auto to break the 300 miles per hour barrier, the vehicle maker managed a speed of 304.77 miles per hour. Top Gear broke the news on Monday, confirming Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace reached a v-max of 304.77 miles per hour on the Volkswagen Group's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

There's been a good reason for Bugatti's hesitation to let the Chiron run unrestricted, namely the lack of a production tyre able to carry those speeds. One other change is the adoption of a laser-controlled ride height to make the automatically adjustable suspension reduce the amount of drag furthermore. Furthermore, the Chiron's rear wing and airbrake were jettisoned and a new rear aero piece is integrated into the car's tail.

In any case, Bugatti only builds cars in left-hand-drive, so the Chiron can not be registered for regular road use in Australia.

The engine, nicknamed "Thor", has been reportedly massaged to churn out a whopping 1,578 horsepower. It might not hold it for long, as the Chiron's top speed is nearly 10% faster, but don't count the Swedes out just yet either.

Inside, the Chiron has been stripped of its elegant cabin to avoid wasting weight and a full roll cage and security seat put in to guard 58-year-old Wallace, who famously received the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours in Jaguar's iconic XJR-9LM and is now Bugatti's take a look at driver.

Bugatti Chiron production prototype derivative hits 300 mph
Bugatti just won the race to 300 mph with a Chiron

Additionally unchanged is the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive system. He's no stranger to high speeds, having also piloted the McLaren F1 on its original record run.

"The biggest challenge is to get the overall package right, not only design, not only aerodynamics, not only engine, not only tires". With this new record of the Chiron we enter again uncharted territory.

Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti, said: "What a record!" We have now achieved this - making ourselves, the entire team and myself, incredibly proud, " Winkelmann said in a statement.

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.

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