Bugatti Chiron sets production auto record for acceleration

Bugatti Chiron sets production auto record for acceleration

Bugatti Chiron sets production auto record for acceleration

We always knew the Bugatti Chiron was going to be faster than the Veyron, though we're only just coming to realize how much faster it is-and the gap is mindboggling.

Conducted at the Volkswagen test track in Ehra-Lessien in Germany, the test saw racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya take Bugatti's black-and-blue beast from a standing stop to 248.548 miles per hour (which is 400 kmh) and then right back to zero in 41.96 seconds.

It managed the whole thing in under 42 seconds (41.92 seconds to be precise) and over a distance of 3.112 kilometres.

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The Chiron can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds and is now limited to a speed of 261mph - due to the tyres only being capable of that speed.

Must have been a pretty handy driver behind the wheel?

Former F1, IndyCar, and NASCAR ace Juan Pablo Montoya actually pulled it off, getting the full run in just 32.6 seconds and 1.43 miles. That 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine and its 1,500 hp sure deliver, but how about the brakes? Once the driver hit the brakes then it took about 9 seconds to come to complete halt and covered a distance of about 490 meters after applying the brakes.

"It gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the vehicle".

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A very proud Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles, made the announcement: "Bugatti is the first auto brand that not only calculates how fast a vehicle can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer". Bugatti claims Montoya would have felt a force of 2 g during braking, similar to that experienced during the launch of a space shuttle.

It will be a while before the Bugatti Chiron can surpass the top speed of its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This world record run was the first step to finding out what the limit of this auto is and the French brand will do a top speed test next year. This record-breaking vehicle will be presented on Tuesday at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show.

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