BUGATTI CHIRON DOES 0 TO 248.5 TO 0 IN LESS THAN A MINUTE

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42 seconds. That’s how long it takes the $2.7-million Bugatti Chiron to reach 249 mph, and then get back to a standstill. The run was performed by none other than F1, Indy and sports-car driver Juan Pablo Montoya, and it was certified by SGS-TUV Saar, which is a German group specializing in such things. Bugatti says this is the first step to a new world speed record, planned in 2018.

Let’s quickly review: Bugatti is building just 500 examples of the Chiron, 300 of which are already sold. It uses an 8.0-liter, W16 engine delivering 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Montoya used launch control to get the proper takeoff and in 1.6 miles and 32.6 seconds, he hit top speed. The last 10 seconds were spent slowing with help from the huge air brake out back, which moves up to a 49-degree angle at full panic. Bugatti says it increases downforce on the rear axle by about 2,000 pounds.

Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bugatti president.

Bugatti says Montoya jumped at the chance to be its guinea pig.

“My first thought was that I would do anything Bugatti wanted in order to drive this incredible car,” said Montoya. “When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.”

Source: AutoWeek

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