According to the company’s test driver, Andy Wallace, the Chiron will be clocked in excess of 280 mph with the current tires, but to break the fabled 300 mph barrier it will need a new generation of tires.
The Bugatti Chiron is officially sold with an electronic top speed enforcer that limits the car at no more than 237 mph (381 kph), which is still uber crazy in the real world. In case you have no respect for your life, then there’s the option of using the “top speed” key that can be placed in the doorsill and the electronic leash will be lengthened to a still limited 261 mph (420 kph), which is letting you feel like a world record man because it’s 3 mph above the Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition (WRE). But allegedly the vehicle is capable of more, according to a source we tend to trust – company test driver Andy Wallace.
He spoke in a recent interview and claimed the unleashed Chiron will top out at around 280 mph (450 kph) with the tires it has in use. He is hinting that Michelin’s engineers are going to secure a safe attitude from the tires sometime next year when Bugatti has planned to go for the fastest production car record – standing at 268 mph (431 kph) and established by an unrestricted Veyron Super Sport way back in 2010. Naturally, they’re going to use the same 13-mile Ehra-Lessien test track that is part of the VW Group.