In its recent history, Bugatti’s fame was built on successive speed records. Even today, it is a car from the Alsace brand, which is the fastest in the world, after reaching 490,484 km / h in the summer of 2019 on the Ehra-Lessien track, in Germany. Since then, SSC made an attempt with its Tuatara and announced that it exceeded 500 km / h, but it turned out that the operation was rigged. While waiting for the American manufacturer to try again, or for it to be overtaken by Hennessey or Koenigsegg, Bugatti therefore remains at the top.
It was not with any Chiron that Bugatti broke his record; a specific version has been developed for the needs of the case. Especially the aerodynamics have been reworked, with an extended buttocks of 23 cm to reduce resistance. Aesthetically, it balances the silhouette of this hypercar, while at the same time being a nod to the fastest cars that have driven at 24 Hours of Le Mans, which used the same device to achieve top speed in the Mulsanne Straight. The diffuser has also been enlarged, while the blades on the front fenders make it possible to evacuate the air that could collect in the wheel arches, with the risk of disturbing the track.
A Bugatti limited to 440 km / h
After a first Super Sport 300+ edition, limited to thirty examples and with the record car’s black and orange color, this groundbreaking version was available in the Super Sport “just short”. Officially, no production figures have been set, but the Chiron from which it is derived is limited to 500 copies, it should have been produced less than fifty. The only difference with the car that exceeded 490 km / h is one electronic limitation, which limits the speed to 440 km / h, in order to guarantee the safety of customers who have nothing to do with professional pilots;. This is not a luxury, according to Andy Wallace, the official Bugatti driver who achieved the feat. “The caster angle of the front axle is chosen to ensure stability at high speeds. But beyond 460 km / h, the gyroscopic effect of the wheels is so great that the track must be constantly corrected.”