The latest and greatest hypercar of the planet – Bugatti’s Chiron – is said to reach up to 261 mph (420 km/h) when the factory fitted top speed limiter is enabled.
But as it turns out the car is actually capable of much more – the company claims that without the imposed limits the Chiron would top out at 285 mph (458 km/h), assuming the auspicious conditions are met. Engineering chief Willi Netuschil said during an interview at the Monterey Car Week last month that owners can choose whether to have the limiter removed. But he did warn that anywhere on the planet there are just a handful of locations capable of hoonign such top speeds, and of course none of them are public roads.
“You have to remember how much greater the braking distance needed is at those levels,” says Netuschil. “The Volkswagen Group’s track near Wolfsburg has a specially designed long straight that can be used for these type of high-speed stunts.” This is possible thanks to the quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine and 1,480 horsepower (1,088 kilowatts), with the 62 mph sprint handled in 2.5 seconds. And the Chiron is hypothetically faster even than the Veyron Super Sport record established in 2010 at 269.86 mph (434.29 km/h). There’s another car that is trumped with this possible high speed – the Hennessey Venom GT, which had a run of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h), though that one wasn’t certified by Guinness.