Doing 261mph in a Bugatti Chiron Sport | Top GearMay 01, 2020
The Bugatti Chiron has 2.8 million pounds of precision engineering and carbon fiber wipers, all powered by a W16 turbo eight-liter engine with 1,479 available brake horsepower. It has a theoretical top speed of 420 kilometers per hour or 261 miles per hour in British. Theoretically because no one outside of Bugatti has ever achieved it, but today I'm going to try, but how do you reach that truly amazing speed? You need a
sporty Sheeran complete with its carbon fiber wipers, some all-important fast shoes. v-max key currywurst for training lunch and lots and lots of space, luckily the Bugatti Zoners VW have this period lesson in place, their top secret testing facility outside Wolfsburg in Germany after an afternoon of training on v-max in an r8 which was downright terrifying.
I have been granted access to this infamous Schnell Link with its 5.4 mile long straights and mile long banked curves at each end, it is the perfect place to finally see what v-max really feels like in a Chiron Sport , so this is the output we have. do it at 200 kilometers per hour to warm up the tires and get the correct pressures because if the pressures are not absolutely accurate the high speed mode is disconnected 200 kilometers per hour is 125 miles per hour the winds are lower today they are quite gusty so there is wind socks all over the circuit so you spend as much time looking at them as your speed, we enter the bank at 200 and just sit here, the car will actually turn only at 200 kilometers per hour, such is the slope in the middle of the circuit. bench, you start to see the exit and you drop to the middle lane and the next lap when we get here, send it, but this is the warm-up so we'll keep it under control, you still feel the throttle, even at 237, you feel the car. moving ever so slightly and in front of you all you have is mile and mile of asphalt and a mirage disappearing in the distance and you're sitting here at 250 when you hit the pothole, yeah, didn't I tell you there's a Skip in the middle of the straight, so the magic number we are looking for in the fast lap is 421 kilometers per hour, that is, 261 miles per hour, so I will try to get off the bank and go up to four hundred. and twenty-one kilometers per hour, but to be completely honest, I'm actually struggling to understand how a driver from Essex is currently sitting in this incredible piece of engineering about to go see if he can post a VX, but before we set ready for our high speed race.
I just have to do one last thing. I have to turn the key and set the car in high speed mode so we can put it in park and release it. The Hatori Bugattis signature reaches top speed. enabled, I put my foot on the brake and go and we get back to 200K and this is where it gets pretty serious, with my palms quite sweaty, a fairly wet 200 in 6th
gearleaning halfway through 5th
gearlooking going out looking for the exit see the owl sparks I don't take off too soon roll in the straight and send it it's moving 340 350 360 a lot of wind from the right side 381 390 401 - bye 9:12 windows opening 417 418 come on Cheryl come on come on 420 4 :21 sorry again the data analysis showed that I got a little excited and I kept the accelerator full and I actually managed to cover 423 kilometers there in total two hundred and sixty two point eight. four miles there, which to put into context means I was covering a mile every thirty seconds 360 I'm still close to the parades 340 330 under the porch 313 300 now don't overcook it on the bench and whip it in Wolfsburg 242 30 water He I have done really incredible things in my life but writing this between the lines at 421 kilometers per hour is something that I will never forget, what a privilege today you have it at 423 kilometers per hour in a Bugatti Chiron Sport that goes two hundred and sixty.
Two point four miles per hour is the fastest you can go in a production Bugatti these days, but who knows for how long.
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