There have been many reports flying around the automotive world that Bugatti’s head engineer had stated the possibility of removing the electronic speed limiter on customer cars upon request. This would allow the Chiron to reach a new World Record top speed of 285mph. Normally the limiter is set at “just” 261mph, that is at least for the time being. However, we all knew the Chiron was capable of much more since it used a similar, but all new, version of the quad-turbo W16 engine used in the Veyron SS that pushed the car to 267.7mph. Only in the Chiron, it produces 300 more horsepower bringing the total up to 1500!
Well as much as I would like to continue and talk about how the limiter could be removed and actual top speed etc, I can’t. See here at Moto Networks want to bring you the best information we can. So, in a statement that’s said to come directly from Bugatti, they will not be removing any limiters on any customer cars, nor do they plan on removing them in the future. That is according to an article posted on Carbuzz, they claimed to have reached out to Bugatti directly in regards to the recent rumors flying around about the 285mph top speed and they apparently shot it down.
Now this has got to be a bummer for the Chiron owners of the world, but then again, they most likely were already aware of it. So what does this mean as far as the potential of the Chiron surpassing the 270mph top speed set by the Hennessey Venom GT? It’s still believed that there still will be a World Record edition coming out in 2018 and nothing since on the contrary. I know I would be very interested in seeing just what the Chiron could do when you drop the hammer unleashing all 1500hp on that massive straightway at the VW Proving Grounds, also known as the Ehra-Lessien. I personally feel like 300mph is not completely out of the question, but that is absolute best case scenario.
Now it’s possible that the people at Bugatti have started to adapt towards the Koenigsegg philosophy where top speed isn’t the main objective. The Chiron is said to have a 0-60 time in the 2.0-second range which starts to push the limits of physics. So they could be focusing on getting that massive motor spooled up quicker to produce some insanely fast acceleration times. Which would make perfect sense when you stop and think about it. I mean there is only a handful of places on Earth where you can safely open a car up to those speeds. That is if you want to do it somewhat safe without destroying you or the car.