Bugatti breaks record

Chiron sets benchmark for 0-400-0km/h


IN A bid to upstage the reveal of the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar (see page 11), Bugatti used the Frankfurt Motor Show to announce it had set a new production car record for accelerating to 400km/h from rest and then braking back to a stop.

Driven by former F1 and current IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya, the Chiron completed the feat in 41.96sec, requiring a distance of 3.112 kilometres to do so.

Competition for the record will be difficult to come by, as the 1103kW/1600Nm Chiron is one of only a handful of production cars capable of reaching 400km/h in the first place. Montoya hit that speed in 32.6sec with braking back to a standstill requiring a further 9.4sec (and 491m!).

The Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited to 420km/h, however, Bugatti plans to set a new production car speed record – eclipsing the 431.072km/h set with the Veyron Super Sport in 2010 – in the near future, with a teaser clip at the end of the 0-400-0km/h record video indicating this will be in excess of 450km/h.