Volkswagen’s Bugatti cars becomes the first super car to break the 300-mph barrier.
“Bugatti cars has once again shown what it’s capable of,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti cars. “With this new record of the Chiron we enter again uncharted territory. Never before has a series manufacturer reached this high speed.”
“We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world,” Winkelmann added. “In future we will focus on other areas. … This was the last time for us.”
The record-setting Chiron is what Bugatti cars calls a “pre-production vehicle of a Chiron derivative with a longer and more aerodynamic body and reinforced tires and not the typical production model that customers can buy for $3 million. The tyres were subjected to extensive trials and tests since it rotates up to 4,100 times in one minute and even X-rayed to optimize the smallest details before the test run.
Fitted with added safety features for Wallace, the car also includes six-point seat belts and a special “safety cell” for the British racing car driver. Special mats were used to clean the track pavement .
Bugatti’s cars is likely hoping that the new record will end, or at least reduce, its role in the growing arms race between hyper carmakers over who has the fastest.
“Our hyper cars are capable of so much more,” Winkelmann said. “They offer absolute exclusivity, luxury, unmatched beauty and a high level of automotive craftsmanship. The Bugatti is the only hyper sports car that combined all of these characteristics in one vehicle. We will concentrate even more on this in the future in the context of further exciting projects.”