A Bugatti Chiron variant has just become the new world's fastest production car—well, technically pre-production—with a blistering speed of 304.773 mph at the Ehra-Lessien in Germany. The eye-popping figure smashes the previous record of 277 mph set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
Famed British racing driver Andy Wallace, who won his class at Le Mans in a Jaguar in 1988 and has also won at the 24 Hours of Daytona (three times) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (twice), as well as numerous other races, actually achieved the feat on Aug. 2nd.
After announcing the new world record Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said that the marque will no longer bother with record-breaking attempts. “We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world," he sniffed. "In the future, we will focus on other areas."
“An incredible speed," Wallace gushed after his historic run. "It’s inconceivable that a [production] car would be capable of this. But the Chiron was well prepared and I felt very safe." Wallace worked his way up to the top speed from in 30 mph increments starting at 180 mph to "make sure all the conditions were right and the Chiron was optimally balanced in terms of lift and downforce."
Bugatti says that a "team of engineers from various disciplines" prepared a pre-production version of an unnamed upcoming Chiron model, perhaps the Chiron Super Sport, specifying only "aerodynamic improvements" and prepping that helped it reach the incredible speed.
Looks for the likes of Koenigsegg and Pagani to try to break the new record, with their own hypercars, but we don't expect it to happen any time soon. Well played, Bugatti.