French Manufacturer Bugatti has set its sights on its own production car speed world record with its new £2 million ($3.6M AUD) supercar, the Chiron.
In speaking to Autocar UK, Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, confirmed that the French manufacturer have their eyes firmly set on the 2010 world record set by the model that the Chiron has superseded, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. “We will try to lock in a new world speed record. I know the Chiron will be faster [than the Veyron Super Sport], but we don’t how fast. We have the calculations from our simulations, but it is always different to sit in the car and actually do it.”
The quoted top speed for the new Chiron is 261mph (420km/h) which falls short of the 268mph (431km/h) top speed set by the Veyron. With its limiter removed, Bugatti are confident that they can eclipse the old mark with rumors suggesting that they have their sights set on much loftier targets- namely, being the first manufacturer to surpass 300mph.
With 1103kW of power and 1500Nm of torque thanks to a new 8.0L quad turbo W16 engine, the Chiron boasts a significant power increase over the outgoing 882kW Veyron Super Sport.
Despite its exorbitant price tag, Bugatti have already received more than 200 deposits for the new Chiron. After a successful showing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, Bugatti are set to start deliveries of the Chiron in mid-2017.