Considered by many to be the new absolute pinnacle of automotive engineering – Bugatti’s Chiron was offered to The Grand Tour celebrities – and they may have used it for a record.
Clarkson, Hammond, and May could be responsible for playing with the Chiron up until over 280 miles per hour (450 kilometers per hour), which would make it the world’s fastest series production car. The evaluation isn’t official yet but we have a small trailer from Michelin, responsible for the bespoke Chiron tires. We have mechanical specifications, and also some beauty shots of the car in the process. Among the highlights we can of course count on the enormous W16 engine with more than 1,500 horsepower (1,118 kilowatts).
Then there’s the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint time of a mere 2.5 seconds. But we can tell you more. The cylinders get no less than 13,000 gallons (49,210 liters) of air from the four turbos. At maximum acceleration, the Chiron will use the 5.5-gallon (21-liter) tank of gasoline in about 9 minutes. At 248 mph (400 km/h), every ounce of Chiron’s special tires developed by Michelin must withstand 3,800Gs. The one G (about 9 m/s²) used as reference point for the force experienced by fighter pilots and astronauts.