Bugatti will no longer chase recordsSeptember 3, 2019
For almost 10 years, the Italian automaker has conquered all new heights at maximum speeds among production cars, but this has come to an end.
In July 2010, Bugatti made history when official test pilot Pierre Henri Rafanel set a ground speed record in the new Veyron Super Sport, showing an average result of 430.9 km / h on the Volkswagen Ehra-Lessian high-speed track. A few years later, Chinese racer Anthony Liu set the record for the fastest production open-top production car with the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, accelerating to 408.8 km / h at the same test site in Germany.
On August 2, 2019, Le Mans winner and Bugatti test pilot Andy Wallace brought the specially designed Chiron to the same track in Lower Saxony and reached a top speed of 490.4 km / h. And now it became known that in the foreseeable future you should not wait for new records from Bugatti, as the company president Stefan Winkelmann announced that the brand based in Molsheim stops the pursuit of speed records. Bugatti’s goal was to be the first automaker to break the 300 mph barrier, and now that they’ve done it, the race is over. From now on, “we will focus on other areas,” says Winkelmann.
This means that Koenigsegg with Jesko, Hennessey with Venom F5 and SSC North America with Tuatara are automakers interested in striving for a speed record among production cars. It is worth reminding everyone that the Chiron Sport used last month is not available for sale, so technically this is not a production car. At the same time, it is widely believed that the Chiron Super Sport will appear in the near future and will have similar characteristics.
Such a move would not come as a surprise, given that Bugatti did indeed release the Veyron SS World Record Edition on the same day. The aforementioned Grand Sport Vitesse also released the WRE edition to mark the speed record of the open-top model.
Bugatti has released more information about the modified prototype, in particular, about tires.
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