Bugatti Chiron sets 0-400-0km/h record

The Bugatti Chiron is already known for being a car that makes ‘fast’ look slow. Now it’s official.

With its first world record, the Chiron has managed to go from a standstill, to 400km/h, and back to a standstill in just 42 seconds.

Or 41.96 seconds to be exact.

Bugatti Chiron sets record.jpg
It’s hard to get a decent photo of something travelling at 368km/h.

With ‘Double’ Crown winner Juan Pablo Montoya (he’s won the Monaco GP and the Indy 500, but hasn’t raced at Le Mans for the  Triple Crown) at the wheel, the car was in good hands.

“When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is,” Montoya said of the 8.0-litre W16 beast.

Juan Pablo Montoya.jpg“But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.

“It really was incredible to see that you didn’t need the complex preparations we have to make in racing for the 0-400 drive. With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off.

“Incredible.”

What’s more impressive is that only around a quarter of the record’s elapsed time was for stopping, as the car hit 400km/h at 32.530 seconds.

Bugatti Chiron interior.jpgBut that’s not all.

Bugatti teases another achievement for the Chiron at the end of the video. The speedometer approaches 450km/h for a split second if you watch until the end.

Bugatti Chiron gauges.jpgCould we finally see a Chiron hit its reported 463km/h top speed? We can hope.

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