Although Bugatti has set an impressive series of top speed records with its Veyron and Chiron production cars, recent attempts by low-volume hypercar rivals to steal its top speed status have started to irk the brand. That means it's officially faster than other top speed legends such as SSC's Ultimate Aero (256mph), Hennessey's Venom GT (270mph) and Koenigsegg's Agera RS (285mph).
Andy Wallace drove the Bugatti during its record run. By increasing its overall length, compared to a standard Chiron, Bugatti was able to improve stability - and in the realm beyond 400kph, aerodynamic stability becomes crucial. However, Bugatti becomes the first auto manufacturer to surpass 300mph. As a result, the rear wing and airbrake have been removed and replaced with a static unit fitted in place. Bugatti has teamed up with Dallara and Michelin in order to create the modified version you see here, finished in exposed carbon fiber and orange stripes.
Described as a near-production prototype by its maker, the record-breaking Chiron was driven by Andy Wallace at the Ehra-Lessien testing facility to an eye-watering 304.77 miles per hour. The tiremaker created special Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, according to auto and Driver, that are capable of rotating up to 4,100 times per minute. Well, for the time being, Bugatti says that the long-tail Chiron Sport is a one-off hence the official label of "near-production prototype". Its purposeful intent is amplified by laser-controlled ride height, set significantly lower to reduce drag, giving the impression that the vehicle is melting into the tarmac.
It's unlikely to feature the stripped-out single-seat interior or roll-cage but is likely to get the mechanical upgrades.
Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti, said: "What a record!"
Powering the longtail Chiron is Bugatti's 8-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine, boosting 1177kW. Top Gear says the car's gearbox and all-wheel-drive system are unchanged from the stock Chiron.
"What a record! We're overjoyed to be the first manufacturer ever to have achieved a speed of more than 300 miles per hour".
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