Bugatti Chiron sets remarkable go, go to whoa record
Bugatti has set a new speed record few cars could even attempt.
The nearly NZ$4 million hypercar's new record is for accelerating from zero to 400kmh then back to zero again.
Former Formula One and Indycar driver Juan Pablo Montoya took just 41.96-seconds (although Bugatti has rounded up to 42secs) to complete the feat of acceleration and deceleration.
To achieve the record the Chiron put up some remarkable acceleration numbers thanks to its 1120kW quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Getting to 100kmh in just 2.4secs, 200kmh only 6.1secs, by 13.1secs Montoya was at 300kmh and he hit 400kmh in 32.6secs.
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The new high-performance tyres, developed by Bugatti together with its strategic tyre partner Michelin, faced extreme loading. At a speed of 400 kmh, centrifugal force converts one gram of rubber into 3600 grams. A tyre valve that only weighs 18.3 grams when stationary develops a hefty force of approximately 45 kilograms at that speed.
Just as remarkably the Chiron was able to wipe off all that speed in just 9.3secs, thanks to its massive brakes and huge rear wing that also acts as an air brake. The entire manouevre was completed in just 3.112 kilometres with the car needing 491 metres of that to stop.
Montoya, who has won both the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, couldn't help but be impressed by the performance of the Chiron.
"The Chiron is so unbelievably quick - it takes your breath away," said Montoya. "When you are driving the Chiron for the first time, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. And just so stable and consistent. With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off. Incredible."
After a test lap, the 41-year-old from Colombia decided not to wear the usual safety gear such as racing suit, helmet or HANS (head and neck support) device for the record run.
"Of course, the Chiron is a super sports car that requires your full attention when you are behind the wheel. At the same time, it gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the car."
During the world record weekend, Montoya passed 400 kmh 17 times and also had an opportunity to improve his own personal speed record of 407 kmh, recorded with an IndyCar racing car to 420 kmh with the Chiron.
"It really was incredible to see that you didn't need the complex preparations we have to make in racing for the 0-400-0 drive," said Montoya. "With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off. Incredible."
Bugatti president, Wolfgang Dürheimer, was unsurprisingly pleased with his latest creation's new record.
"Bugatti is the first car brand that doesn't only calculate how fast a car can go on a computer, we validate our data with real-life values," Dürheimer said.
"This record run confirms the exceptional position of the Chiron in terms of acceleration and braking."
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