We recently echoed a new top speed record: 490,484 km / h. A figure achieved in the oval layout of Ehra-Lessien by a noticeably modified Bugatti Chiron that could have marked a more spectacular record on the right track. Although it was a prototype, the Molsheim firm has just presented its corresponding production version. E here the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.
With this latest edition, Bugatti puts an end to more than a decade trying to maintain the leadership in the "fastest car in the world." This was demonstrated the Veyron in 2005 with its 407 km / h, reaffirming it five years later with the Super Sport version and its 431 km / h peak. Although the new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ has dangerously approached 500 km / h, the speed record remains with the Koenigsegg Agera RS until it is certified by Guinness.
Certainly, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ looks almost the same as the prototype, and is coated with it. Carbon fiber skin with bright orange accents, picking up the witness from his predecessor. That means that the front is dominated by the classic horseshoe grill, in this case obscured and flanked by more aggressive air intakes. Circular vents have also been made on the front flap.
Michelin tires developed for the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ were tested in the laboratory up to 510 km / h
However, it is in the rear where you can see the biggest changes, both visual and aerodynamic. As such, the rear has been noticeably elongated (250 mm), having to design a custom engine cover. In addition, a pair of vertically stacked double exhaust outlets has been integrated, something we already saw in the Bugatti Centodieci. The only visual difference between the prototype and the production model is in the tires.
Bugatti explored the maximum speed of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ with the pilot Andy Wallace sitting in a racing seat with that of the retired passenger. In the void it left there were a lot of laptops and data logging equipment. The version intended for customers will have normal seats and dispense with the roll cage. The bad news is that the speed will be electronically limited to 440 km / h.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ uses an evolution of the W16 engine of the Chiron. Now, the 16 cylinders and the four turbos have been recalibrated to offer a maximum power of 1,600 hp. This mechanical giant channels its power to all four wheels through a system of all-wheel drive through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The sprint 0 to 100 km / h just needs 2.4 seconds.
However, Bugatti will offer its customers the alternative of equipping the roll cage and eliminating the limiter to try to approach the record number on the Ehra-Lessien track. Tansolo 30 copies of Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ will see the light, at a price that starts at 3.5 million euros before taxes. Despite the high rate, "they will leave in the blink of an eye," as Stephan Winkelmann told Autoblog.