Bugatti could accelerate Chiron to 515 km / h. But will not beSeptember 7, 2019
Bugatti explained why Chiron chose the Volkswagen test site at Era Lessin for a record run, and also explained why she would not set records elsewhere. It’s all about safety, although the result can still be improved and reach 515 kilometers per hour.
The test track in Lower Saxony was chosen for reasons of maximum safety. The length of the three-lane route is 21 kilometers, it is equipped with emergency barriers, and rescue teams are on duty at its northern and southern ends. Before each race, the coating is cleaned. However, the landfill in Era Lessin has a significant drawback when it comes to high-speed races: it is located at an altitude of 50 meters above sea level, where the air pressure is 1,033 kilograms per square centimeter.
This is much more than in Nevada, where Koenigsegg set his record. The American highway is located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level and the air pressure there is less – 0.908 kilograms per square centimeter. With a decrease in pressure and air density, aerodynamic drag also decreases, so the car accelerates more easily and faster. According to the calculations of Bugatti engineers, in Nevada, Chiron could improve its result by another 25 kilometers per hour and accelerate to 515 kilometers per hour. But the company will not test this in practice – because of security and a small bias that will make the record not entirely “clean”.
On September 2, at the Era Lessin training ground, the modified Bugatti Chiron Sport was able to overcome the 300 mph mark and accelerated to 304.773 mph (490.484 kilometers per hour). At the same time, the record hypercar was called “close to serial”. It was finalized together with the Dallara company: they increased the body by 25 centimeters, underestimated the suspension and increased engine output by 100 forces. According to unconfirmed information, such a modification will be Super Sport, which has not even been announced yet.
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