Speed is something that the man has been fascinated with since the birth of civilization. Speed is the thing that allowed the man to tear through the skies. We don’t know about you guys but for us, the speed of 150 mph is already a bit too much because that is the speed at which the most of the commercial airplanes take off. And now when we heard about the fact that the Bugatti Chiron has smashed through the barrier of 300 mph, it was a mind-boggling thing to hear as if anything like that was ever possible.
Fortunately for all of us, the feat of human achievement has been recorded on a video.
The video features the driver of Bugatti Chiron named Andy Wallace who is the winner for the Le Mans and also the first-ever driver of Bugatti to reach a top speed of exactly 304.773 mph or 490.484 km/h in a test drive carried out on 2nd August 2019 at the test track owned by VW located in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony; a German state.
To give our readers perspective of how fast the speed of 300 mph is considered this; a car moving at a speed of 300 mph would be able to circle around a football field of any length around the world in only 1 second. Still, this speed is only for bragging rights because there are not enough straight-line roads in the entire world to let a person achieve this much speed.
The thing that makes this achievement so astonishing is how Bugatti achieve it without ripping the car apart at such high speed.
According to Bugatti, “Wallace managed to reach all the way up to the speed of 300 km/h in increments of 50 km/h. this was done to ensure that all the conditions were met in the right order and the Bugatti Chiron was also balanced optimally for the lift and the downforce.”
You see, when a car reaches the take-off speeds of an airplane, you need to worry about things such as the car taking off into the air. The head of development at Bugatti company named Stefan Ellrot said, “At this kind of high speed, airplanes are flying in the air. You need to make sure that the car stays on the ground.”
Bugatti has broken the previous speed records set by the following cars.
- SSC: 256.18 mph in 2007
- Hennessey: 270.49 mph in 2013
- Koenigsegg: 284.55 mph in 2017
The Chiron driven by Wallace was a prototype and is not available for billionaires around the world to buy. As for the original Chiron, it was introduced for sale back in 2016 that has a rating of reaching from o to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds or less. This 16 cylinders car with 4 turbochargers that gives an output of 1500 HP came with a price tag of 3 million dollars.
According to various auto columnists, “driving a car at a speed of 200 mph is like driving in a death zone”. So, driving in the 300 mph zone would be beyond the territory of death? Well, only Wallace can tell anything about it.