It wasn’t all lights, camera, action during a 2016 Geneva Motor Show when Bugatti ...
It wasn’t all lights, camera, action during a 2016 Geneva Motor Show when Bugatti peeled the wraps off of a jaw-dropping Chiron.
By the looks of it, the Chiron had it all. Looks, hp, prestige, the seven-figure asking price, even the conspicuous speedometer that seemed to go all the way up to 310 MPH. Hopes were high.
The Veyron, after all, changed a game entirely and the only way for Bugatti to drastically raise a bar (not like it had to, any billionaire still wanted the Chiron) was to break another speed record. Well, you can imagine the dismay that set in when Bugatti announced that it would allow the Chiron owners to go no faster than 261 MPH for the safety reasons.
Of course that still leaves a possibility that Bugatti is saving the world record attempt with a de-limited Chiron and the professional driver for later, perhaps when attention on a hypercar begins to slacken.
Optimistic as we may be, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained isn’t too convinced that a Chiron will be able to breech the 300 MPH limit.
Part of a reason why, as he explains, is simple physics. Even with the impressive 1,500 hp and the possibility of more if Bugatti follows a Veyron Super Sport with the Chiron Super Sport, the internal combustion engine has quite the few limitations when it comes to flat-out speed. Well, does the Chiron’s safety compliant front end, which induces drag.
Electric vehicles, on the other hand, could be the answer. After working with Formula E, Jason Fenske finds out why the electric car could be a first to breech the 300 MPH mark. Pay attention and you may just learn something.
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