The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most common references in the automotive world, but the 15-year-old legend has been relegated to the history books as the French automaker recently covered 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour) in its Chiron. Super Sport. Mat of Carwow takes a look at what the French manufacturer’s flagship vehicle looks like to drive on the road and on the track.
Before we begin, it turns out that Carwow’s Mat is actually a boy lucky enough to enter the Chiron SS. He’s the world’s first automotive journalist to step into the fast Bugatti, but it didn’t take long for him to be kicked out of the driver’s seat and relegated to the passenger seat. While we would be doubly disappointed, this is not without reason as the French automaker’s latest collection of engineering excellence is valued at $ 3.9 million (3.3 million euros) and only 30 will be produced.
Either way, just like after cranking, you’re greeted by the glorious sound of an 8-liter, four-turbocharged W16 engine producing 1,600 horsepower (1,193 kilowatts). Unsurprisingly, the powertrain is capable of catapulting occupants to 60 mph (60 mph) in just over two seconds.
After a Doug Demuro-style guided tour of some of the crazy tech, Mat and Bugatti’s chief engineer take a short drive to Nardo’s test track to show off his abilities. Located just outside of Nardò, Italy, the circuit is a 12.5 kilometer continuous inclined oval visible from space. Numbers aside, on the way to the track it is clear that the vehicle is very calm and collected on the road. However, after stepping out onto the tarmac, Mat is full of giggles as the car effortlessly hits 300 km / h in seconds.
So what differentiates the Super Sport model from the “normal” VSHiron? Since this is the first thing to cut in the air, there are some aerodynamic changes to the leading edges of the front fairing. One of the most notable adjustments is a series of vents on the front wheel arches to let pressurized air out. The vehicle’s magnesium wheels have also been redesigned to accommodate the larger brakes and speed. The Super Sport also relies on specially designed and manufactured Michelin tires to ensure the vehicle is capable of 300 mph (482 km / h); the wheels and tires must all withstand forces of up to 5,300 g at maximum speed.
We could write a full article about the amazing features of this vehicle, but to put it simply, the amount of engineering to hit the magic number 300 is simply mind-boggling. It’s clear that Bugatti is setting a new paradigm for what a car can accomplish. Anyone who experiences the Chiron Super Sport firsthand is a lucky dog.