The Bugatti Chiron Has Topped 300mph, And The Footage Is Incredible

A modified Chiron clocked 304.77mph at VW Group's Ehra-Lessien test facility
The Bugatti Chiron Has Topped 300mph, And The Footage Is Incredible

The true potential of the Bugatti Chiron has finally been revealed. We all knew it had much more to give with its 261mph electronic speed limiter removed - it was just a question of how much of the car’s 310mph speedometer would be used.

The answer? Almost all of it. With official test driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel, a Chiron clocked an astonishing 304.77mph. The hypercar wasn’t far off hitting 500kmh at VW Group’s 12-mile Ehra-Lessien test facility, with that incredible figure translating to 490.47kmh.

The Chiron comfortably exceeded the 284mph one-way run top speed managed by the Koenigsegg Agera RS in Nevada a couple of years ago (averaged at 277mph over two passes), and has beaten the likes of the SSC Tuatara and Hennessey Venom F5 to the 300mph punch. The caveat? It wasn’t a normal Chiron, hence why there are no claims of this being a production car record. It also isn’t the first road car to exceed 300mph - a heavily modified Ford GT did that last year.

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The Chiron used for the record is 25mm longer than stock, reports, and it’s had both the original wing and airbrake ditched. The exhaust matches the layout used for the EB110-esque Centodieci, chosen as the position of the tailpipes doesn’t negatively affect drag and aero as much. Over at Pistonheads, meanwhile, it’s reported that the car used specially-designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which were X-rayed before the run.

The engine is more powerful than standard, with its 1578bhp output representing an increase of around 100bhp. The gearbox and all-wheel drive system, however, haven’t been fiddled with at all.

Bugatti has a dream-like PR opportunity to dine out on here, so we’re expecting many videos, images and technical details to start flooding in soon. Watch this space…


Slyline guy 09

Just wait till christian van Koenigsegg comes in the chat 😂

09/02/2019 - 09:11 |
86 | 2

This car is modified, so don’t worry. I think this test is just to prove that their car could reach 300mph.

09/02/2019 - 10:32 |
22 | 2

“Did someone say 300 mph?”

09/02/2019 - 09:33 |
186 | 4

I think he will break 500 km/h first (310 mph)

09/02/2019 - 13:01 |
10 | 0


09/02/2019 - 14:57 |
2 | 44

Christian von Koenigsegg _has entered the chat.

09/02/2019 - 17:46 |
10 | 0

I suspect hes gonna be the first one to 350mph sooner or later cars will be getting to maybe 400mph or so

09/02/2019 - 17:48 |
6 | 2
1950 Mercury Coupe

Bugatti Chiron Super Sports confirmed.

09/02/2019 - 09:36 |
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A Car Guy

Awesome achievement! But… Unless this becomes a super sports or something similar, I will slightly disappointed that they haven’t done it with a true production car (because the Chiron couldn’t normally do it). I’m still waiting for a true unmodified production car to do 300 on a two run fair test verified by Guinness World records. The question is just who will do it, or rather what Car?

09/02/2019 - 10:18 |
16 | 0

They’ll probably make a Chiron Super Sports or something. Because there is no point for Michelin to design special tires just for this run.

09/02/2019 - 10:29 |
8 | 0
Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

In reply to by A Car Guy

I don’t doubt the normal Chiron could do it. Someone maxed one somewhere and it ran face first into it’s limiter. Delimited it would keep going

09/02/2019 - 12:09 |
8 | 0

that loose blue pin gave me anxiety :)

09/02/2019 - 10:56 |
0 | 0
09/02/2019 - 14:21 |
24 | 2

Comment of the year right here

09/02/2019 - 14:35 |
2 | 0
RWB Dude

Well I am super proud of VW and Bugatti for pulling this off, congrats to them!

09/02/2019 - 14:34 |
2 | 2

Well now we know Bugatti will do it, so i guess a Production Chiron Super Sport will come soon to take the Production Car Record

09/02/2019 - 15:26 |
4 | 0

Only if they can make and release it before the competition!

09/04/2019 - 07:54 |
0 | 0

Wait but if the 1 to 1 is faster doesn’t that mean that with less modifications it could reach 300?

09/02/2019 - 16:37 |
0 | 0

Shoot I meant the agera rs cause that’s faster, right? I don’t remember pls correct me

09/02/2019 - 16:38 |
2 | 0
Alex Webster

Did they two runs? For an official record the car has to run both ways to average the wind advantage doesn’t it?

09/02/2019 - 20:16 |
2 | 0

I assume

09/02/2019 - 23:16 |
2 | 2

No, it wasn’t an official record, it wasn’t even a production car.

09/04/2019 - 07:53 |
2 | 0



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