The 268 mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport remains the world’s fastest production car but its place in the record books may soon be under jeopardy, with Bugatti confirming it will attempt to break the record once again with the 1,479 horsepower Chiron.
Speaking at the grand opening of the H.R. Owen Bugatti showroom in Mayfair, London, Bugatti board member Dr. Stefan Brungs confirmed the automaker will attempt to crack 268 mph with the Chiron. The Chiron’s top speed is an estimated 288 mph, with the additional 20 mph accessible due to extra power from the quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine and more efficient aerodynamics.
The Veyron Super Sport World Record edition achieved its status as the world’s fastest production car in 2010 at the hands of Bugatti test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel. Representatives from both the Guinness Book of World Records and the German Technical Inspection Agency were present at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track to watch Raphanel hit speeds of 265.90 mph and 269.80 mph for an average speed over two runs of 267.856 mph.
The new Bugatti Chiron will not get a roadster version unlike its predecessor, the Veyron, according to the firm’s sales and marketing boss Dr Stefan Brungs.
Talking to Autocar at the opening of Bugatti‘s only UK showroom in Mayfair, London, Brungs confirmed there would be “no roadster or convertible” derivative, despite the Veyron offering both the Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vittesse targa-topped models during its lifecycle.
When asked about other faster variants in the vein of the Veyron Super Sport, Brungs said: “We’re looking at different options for the car”, before adding that Bugatti was solely focusing on selling the 500 standard Chirons for the time being.
He hopes the new H.R. Owen Bugatti showroom will contribute to that, citing the importance of the UK as a market. “London is one of the most important locations for Bugatti worldwide. Many of our current customers love this city and have a residence here. The launch of H.R. Owen Bugatti means we are now able to serve our exclusive clientele in a perfect setting,” Brungs said.
Sixty-five Bugatti Veyrons are currently owned by customers in the UK and 15 orders for the Chiron have been received from this country so far.
Despite the £1.9million price tag of the Chiron, the average cost of options is more than £250,000, according to Brungs. Visible carbonfibre available in eight colours, special sports wheels and personalised embroidery such as a family crest are some of the most popular options picked by customers.
Brungs also confirmed Bugatti would attempt the world speed record for road cars with its Chiron in 2018; if achieved, it would supplant its own record because the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport currently holds it with a speed of 268mph.
1,500-hp Chiron will try to break Veyron Super Sport’s 268-mph record, report says
There wouldn’t be much of a point to the new Bugatti Chiron if it wasn’t faster than the Veyron. Autocar reports that the Franco-German marque will soon find out just how fast the Veyron’s successor will be when it attempts to break its 268-mph land speed record.
“We will try to lock in a new world speed record,” Bugatti boss Wolfgang Durheimer told Autocar. “I know the Chiron will be faster (than the Veyron Super Sport), but we don’t how fast. We have the calculations from our simulations, but it is always different to sit in the car and actually do it.”
A couple interesting side questions may be how long the tires will be able to handle its top speed, and how many minutes of fuel the Chiron will have running north of 260 mph.
Since the Veyron’s debut, the number of places in the world where cars can run faster than, let’s say, 250 mph hasn’t increased; Bugatti will be making use of the 13-mile Ehra-Lessien test facility where a Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, sans speed limiter, set the model’s current record, which stands at 267.9 mph. (Feel free to round that up to 268 mph if you’d like.) French Formula 1 driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel set the Super Sport’s record back in July 2010.
The new Chiron certainly has extra power on its side with 1,500 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque on tap from its redesigned 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine, compared to the Veyron Super Sport’s 1,183 hp and 1,106 lb-ft output from an earlier version. In terms of official top speed, the Chiron is just 4 mph faster on paper than the Veyron; 261 mph compared to the Veyron Super Sport’s 257 mph, but running flat-out with the speed limiter removed will produce a different figure. Based on the automaker’s own computer data, the Chiron should be able to hit 288 mph under ideal conditions.
The Bugatti Chiron has been doing some hot laps of the Nurburgring, and Car Throttle’s Alex Kersten was lucky enough to ride shotgun for one. At the helm of the quad-turbo W16 hypercar is the man who controls the madness: Bugatti president and CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.
He gets up to about 200 mph on the fastest part of the track, but the lap — paced by a couple of Bentley Bentaygas — was otherwise surprisingly tame. Dürheimer goes on calmly about the changes they made to the Chiron as Alex from Car Throttle screams his head off, attempting to keep hold of his camera.
It’s tough not to get excited about this sort of thing, so we thought we’d share it with you. Enjoy riding shotgun in the $2.6 million rocket ship Bugatti calls a car.
Bugatti designed the Chiron to be superior to its predecessor, the Veyron, in every respect. The full set of specs and details has not yet been disclosed, but when we sat down with Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer recently, he gave us a bit of a heads up on the new car’s capabilities. “We haven’t driven top speed yet, but we hold the world record with the 268 [mph] of the Veyron Supersport, and we know that we can push up the mark significantly with the extra 300 horsepower of the Chiron.”
The first customer cars will be delivered in the fall of 2016, and Dürheimer says they will be able to reach 239 [mph] in Handling mode—”with maximum downforce and easy handling. It reacts like a go-kart.” To go faster, customers will be able to switch to Top Speed mode, which is limited to 261 mph and can be activated any time. But that’s not the upper limit. The governor can be disabled altogether, but the Chiron has not yet been driven near its ungoverned top speed. Bugatti’s official v-max run might not happen until 2018, but if customers want to go beyond the 261-mph limit before that, Bugatti will help them to do so. At those ultra-high speeds, every detail needs to be sorted, such as the condition of the wheels and tires.
We hear that the 1500-hp mark was an immense challenge for Bugatti’s engineering team, and until relatively late in the development process, the benchmark was “one megawatt,” or around 1350 horsepower. But 1500 horsepower might not even be the end; Dürheimer doesn’t rule out even more powerful derivatives.
Additional speculation concerns a roadster version of the Chiron. Bugatti previously had a roadster variant of the Veyron, and when asked whether a roadster version of the Chiron would need to have a T-bar roof in order to preserve the “Atlantic” line at the center of the coupe, Dürheimer remarked: “Very perceptive.”
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It was always going to be a tough job for Bugatti to replace the incredible Veyron but it’s finally done it with the new Chiron. Unveiled at this years Geneva Motor Show, the Chiron is hugely powerful, ridiculously fast (and of course, eye-wateringly expensive) and with a top speed of 261mph, it’s a worthy successor to carry on the Bugatti name into the next generation of hypercars. The Chiron will go on sale in the Autumn, with a price tag of £1.9 million which should ensure a suitably exclusive customer base.
Perhaps that’s a fair price for a new model that Bugatti modestly describes as the “world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car”, but it doesn’t really matter. Customers excited by the Chiron and its redeveloped 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine – which produces 1,479bhp and 1,600Nm of torque from as little as 2,000rpm – are queuing up with deposits already. Maybe it’s the car’s claimed 261mph top speed that’s attracting them.
London-based luxury car dealer H.R Owen is reportedly the only place in the UK you’ll be able to get hold of a Chiron, but with around 360 production slots left globally, you’ll have to be quick. If you do want to order a Chiron though, you’ll be pleased to know Bugatti has just released images of the different paint finishes you can have – and they look fantastic.
The new Chiron makes almost 300bhp more than its Veyron Super Sport predecessor. The top speed is limited to 261mph for “road use”, but the firm states this is “by no means the end of the road” for the Chiron. The speedo runs up to 500kmh (310mph), but we don’t expect that to be achievable any time soon.
made this monumental speed possible by enlarging each of the four turbos and introducing an innovative new two-stage spooling system. A titanium exhaust also features, as do six enormous catalytic converters. The manufacturer also claims the Chiron uses the highest-performance clutch ever fitted to a passenger car. Carbon silicon carbide brakes with eight pistons rein all that power in, as does the air-brake that protrudes from the rear haunches.