I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that the Bugatti Chiron is significantly faster than its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sport. After all, it does have 300 additional horsepower and utilizes a new turbo system that is said to eliminate lag and improve throttle response. But I doubt anyone could really grasp just how much faster the Chiron would be. That is with the exception of former Indycar champion, Juan Pablo Montoya, who just obliterated a world speed record behind the wheel of the all mighty Chiron. No, unfortunately, we aren’t talking about a top speed record, that won’t come until next year. Instead, we’re talking about the 0-400-0 record, which is far more important because it shows the brutal acceleration, and deceleration, this car possesses.
As with most records set in a Bugatti, it took place at the famous Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany (also known as the VW Proving Grounds), which has plenty of room for the Chiron to stretch its legs thanks to a 5-mile straightaway. Although, Montoya only needed 1.9 miles to accomplish this incredible feat. As I’m sure you gathered by now, “400” is referring to kilometers per hour not miles per hour. The Chiron is quick, but not 400mph quick. Even still, 400km/h is the equivalent of 248.54mphm, so essentially we are talking about the Chiron going from a standstill to 249mph and back down to zero.
Once launch control was engaged all Montoya had to do is stomp on the throttle and hold on for dear life and 32.6 seconds later he reached 249mph. Then he just had to stomp on the brakes and that combined with the “air brake” provides more than 2 G’s of stopping force, equal to that experienced by astronauts on the space shuttle launch. Going from 249mph back down to zero only took 9.3 seconds for a combined total of 41.96 seconds.
As a point of comparison, the Veyron Super Sport took longer just on the acceleration part of the test. And what’s so impressive about this particular test is how stable the Chiron was. Montoya even said in a press release, “With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off. Incredible.” You’ll notice in the video that he didn’t even wear a single piece of safety gear aside from the seatbelt. He said the car felt so good and so strong that he didn’t feel it was necessary and if you ask me that’s really saying something coming from someone who used to race F1 cars at well over 200mph.
With an 8.0L quad turbo W-16 producing 1,500hp and 1,180lb-ft of torque, it’s unlikely that you needed another reason to want a Chiron, but now you have one. Bugatti still has 200 examples of the initial production run that are unspoken for, so now all you need is $2.7 million and you can pick one up for yourself.