Bugatti has brought former Formula 1 driver Juan-Pablo Montoya on his special Erha Lessien track in Germany, accompanied by a team from SGS-TUV Saar, a body responsible for certifying record performance. "And its braking is at least as impressive", he said.
Not that Bugatti needs to prove the Chiron is quick, but when you have a 1,479-hp supercar, you might as well set some records. Within less than a second, the car's rear axle found itself with almost a ton of extra downforce. Bugatti says the Chiron takes just 491 meters to slow to a stop from 250 miles per hour and pulls 2g in deceleration when doing so.
That wing, along with the 16.5-inch front carbon ceramic rotors and 15.7-inch rears slowed the vehicle down at a rate of close to two g, bringing the supercar to a halt in 9.3 seconds and in less than a third of a mile. Montoya chose not to wear protective clothing, including a helmet, during the record run. "This truly impressive performance further confirms that the Chiron is the world's best super-sports vehicle". He said "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 auto". "It really was incredible to see that you didn't need the complex preparations we have to make in racing for the 0-400-0 drive", said Montoya in a press release. "With the Chiron, it was all quite easy".
Come 2018, Bugatti intends to put the Chiron through its top speed paces. 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. Just get in and drive off. The goal is to beat the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport's 2010 record of 431.072 km/h (267.86 mph), and cement the Chiron's place in the record books.
Aside from a price tag that only a James Bond villain could love, there's nothing we don't covet in the Bugatti Chiron.
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.