Everyone’s eyes are on the Frankfurt Motor Show just kicking off, but Bugatti can’t be troubled with such things – they’re preoccupied with setting new world speed records.
The exotic make’s W16 machine has recently managed – at the hands of talented IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya – to not only hit with maximum ease 249 mph (400 kph) in just 32.6 seconds (covering 3,112 meters/ 10,209 feet during that time) – but actually go back to zero in 41.96 seconds, which Bugatti is rounding off to 42 seconds, because, well, that’s a new world record. Veyron’s successor is now counting its first world record for road-legal production cars, in the 0-249-0 mph (0-400-0 kph) category – one that few production cars can actually compete in. The 41-year-old Columbian race car driver raced the 1,500-horsepower hypercar for two days in August – and during that time he also bested his top speed personal best.
While at the wheel of the Chiron he managed a maximum speed of 261 mph (420 kph), which is 8 mph (13 kph) more than his previous all-time best, achieved at the wheel of an IndyCar. In total, Montoya broke the mythical 400-kph barrier no less than 17 times and each time had to use the Top Speed Key, which allows the Chiron to surpass a “common sense” limit of 236 mph (380 kph). The 0-249-0 mph record run was actually a trial run part of the larger strategy that will see Bugatti attempt to beat its own record for the fastest production car – achieved back in 2010 by an unrestricted Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, at 268 mph (431 kph).