Bugatti test driver says top speed of Chiron is limited by its tires

Article by Christian A., on June 29, 2017

Bugatti Chiron is currently limited to a top speed of 261 miles per hour (420 kilometers per hour), which is more than impressive for car enthusiasts. That’s even faster than the Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition (WRE) by 3 miles per hour. But what a lot of people don’t know is that the Chiron can actually do better.

Andy Wallace, the company’s test driver, told Popular Mechanics that an unrestricted Chiron can actually go a little further than 280 miles per hour (450 kilometers per hour). He pointed out that its current production tires are holding it back from its true potential. He said that the Michelin engineers will be able to prove that the Bugatti will break the record for fastest production car ever made, between now and sometime next year.

Back in 2010, the unrestricted Veyron Super Sport was able to hit 268 miles per hour (431 kilometers per hour) at Volkswagen’s 13-mile Ehra-Lessien test track. It’s likely that the Bugatti Chiron will make its attempt here as well. After seven years, it is still the Veyron SS that holds the record in the Guinness World Records book.

So going back to what Andy Wallace said, he believes that the Bugatti Chiron, with a set of better and more advanced tires, can surpass the Michelin-approved 280+ mph top speed. However, those tires may still not be available in the market at this time, as none of the tires now can handle those speeds. Let us just hope someone catches up and develops tires that can unlock the car’s full potential. To make you guys aware, the Bugatti Chiron has a 1,479 horsepower engine that can push it to a mind boggling 300 miles per hour (483 kph).

It is not just the Bugatti Chiron that is eyeing the 300-mph league. Reports say that Hennessey also wants their forthcoming Venom F5 to head to the track. The Venom is different from its predecessor that is the Lotus, as it will be an in-house design developed from the ground up. It has not been revealed yet, but we should witness it later this year.

If you are not aware, Wallace is an expert at maxing out the world’s fastest road cars. He is the fearless driver who famously set speed records in the Jaguar XJ220 and the McLaren F1, hitting the latter at 240 miles per hour.

So, unless someone develops better tire technology, the 300-mile limit that the Chiron can reach will remain in our imaginations.

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