Bugatti recently made history as the first production auto manufacturer to create a car that broke the 300 mile per hour mark. Test driver Andy Wallace managed to get the altered Bugatti Chiron to nearly 305 miles per hour on the 5.5 mile straight at the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.
As a production auto manufacturer, Bugatti creates copies of their grandeur vehicles to be used on public roads, but instead of mass producing easily affordable models, they manufacture lower quantities at higher prices. However, the Chiron they used was not a regular one that you can pick up for $3 million from the Bugatti factory.
The speed record was achieved by a unique Chiron which Bugatti made in collaboration with Dallara, the Italian race car maker. As well as making safety modifications to better endure high speeds, the team altered the Chiron’s body for better aerodynamics. Additionally, the tires were specifically designed by Michelin to handle the excessive speeds, although they’re still road-legal.
“It’s inconceivable that a car would be capable of this. But the Chiron was well prepared and I felt very safe, even in these high speed ranges,” said Wallace.
The top speed of the regular Chiron is restricted by the electronic limiter to a maximum of 261 miles per hour. Bugatti hasn’t disclosed what speed the unrestricted car could reach as they’re concerned that the tires wouldn’t be able to manage such high speeds.
“Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magic 300 mile per hour mark. We have now achieved this, making ourselves, the entire team, and myself incredibly proud,” stated Bugatti President, Stephan Winklemann. “We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future we will focus on other areas.”