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Bugatti Admits Targeting New Speed Record With Chiron, Water Is Still Wet

Bugatti’s Chiron targets a new world speed record for production cars, says Wolfgang Durheimer, the company’s CEO.
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Set at 268 mph (431 km/h) by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, the Chiron’s predecessor, the speed record for production cars is not for the faint of heart.

News of the company preparing for a new top speed accomplishment with the Chiron did not come as a surprise to us, as the Volkswagen-owned brand was expected to do this by everyone familiar with cars.

They could have also mentioned that water is wet, the wind blows, and that the Earth is round. Yes, Flat Earth Society, eat your hats off, the Globe is round.

In an interview with the Brits at Autocar during this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bugatti boss Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed the brand’s plans to lock a new world speed record for production cars.

Durheimer claims that he does not know how fast will the new Chiron be, but he is sure that it is faster than the Veyron. However, the CEO of Bugatti has a point on this, as computer simulations and sitting in the car while gunning for the record is split by many factors.

Bugatti stated a top speed of 261 mph (420 km/h) for the Chiron. At this point, you can notice that it is lower than the world record set by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, but the company did remove the car’s electronic limiter for the 2010 record run held at the Ehra-Lessien test facility.

Bugatti has a clear shot of breaking the world speed record for production with the Chiron, and we do not doubt this because the previous model, the Veyron Super Sport, had a claimed top speed of 257 mph (413 km/h).

Once the limiter was removed, it reached 268 mph (431 km/h). If the new Chiron manages to exceed its rated top speed to the same degree as the Veyron Super Sport, Bugatti’s record is in the bag. The only questions that remain are when Bugatti will attempt to break the record and how fast will it be.

 
 
 
 
 

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