French carmaker Bugatti has once again demonstrated the awesome capabilities of its newest car with a record-setting run – a 0-400-0. What it means is, the Chiron went from 0 to 400kmph and then back to 0. The time it took the Chiron to achieve this feat is just a little under 42 seconds. The 1,500 PS supercar has accelerated from a standing start to 400 km/h (249 mph) and braked back to a standstill in just 42 seconds (41.96).
This is the fastest time ever reached and officially measured for this driving maneuver for a production vehicle throughout the world. The Chiron completed the maneuver in a distance of only 3.112 kilometers. This underscores the supercar’s unique position in the extreme performance range.
Former F1 driver and current Indy500 racer Juan Pablo Montoya was behind the wheel of the $3.3 million Chiron. Surprisingly, Juan did not wear a helmet or a fire protection suit while making the run, emphasizing how safe he felt in the Chiron at even such high speeds.
“The 0-400-0 maneuver is the first step on the way to a new world speed record for production vehicles which Bugatti intends to set in 2018 and a further highlight in the success story of the Chiron.”
– Company Statement
Earlier this week, Bugatti revealed this information and now they have followed it up with a video on YouTube. What is interesting to note is that the video ends with the ‘to be continued’ message and the final shot is a close-up of the Chiron’s speedometer which is read 440kmph.
The Chiron has been engineered and built with carbon fiber, which ensures this two-seater coupe can touch speeds up to 420 Km/hr without breaking a sweat. It is powered by an 8-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine, that churns out a whopping 1478 hp of power, and massive 1600 Nm of torque. Only 500 of these have been made, and Bugatti claims that 300 of those have already been sold.
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