In its recent history, Bugatti’s fame was based on successive speed records† Even today it is a car of the Alsace brand that is the fastest in the world, reaching a speed of 490,484 km / h in the summer of 2019 at the Ehra-Lessien circuit, in Germany. SSC has since made an attempt with its Tuatara, announcing that it was exceeding 500 km/h, but it turned out that the operation was rigged. Pending a new attempt by the American manufacturer, or overtaking by Hennessey or Koenigsegg, Bugatti thus remains at the top.
Bugatti didn’t break his record with just any Chiron; a specific version has been developed for the needs of the cause. Especially the aerodynamics have been reworked, with an extended rear section of 23 cm to reduce air resistance. Aesthetically, this balances the silhouette of this hypercar, while at the same time giving a nod to the fastest cars to have raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which used the same device to achieve top speed on the Mulsanne Straight. The diffuser has also been enlarged, while the shovels on the front fenders make it possible to evacuate the air that could accumulate in the wheel arches, risking disrupting the trajectory.
A Bugatti limited to 440 km/h
After a first Super Sport 300+ edition, limited to thirty units and with the black-orange livery of the record car, this ultra-modern version was then available in Super Sport “just short”. No production figure has been officially set, but the Chiron from which it is derived is limited to 500 units and should be manufactured in fewer than fifty. The only difference with the car that exceeded 490 km/h is a electronic limiter that limits the speed to 440 km/h, to ensure the safety of customers, who have nothing to do with professional pilots† No superfluous luxury according to Andy Wallace, the official Bugatti driver who achieved the feat. “The slew angle of the front axle has been chosen to ensure stability at high speeds. But above 460 km/h, the gyroscopic effect of the wheels is so great that the trajectory has to be constantly corrected.”