The Bugatti Chiron had big shoes to fill when it replaced the Bugatti Veyron.
So far it has shown that it is capable taking the place of its predecessor. However, no one is able to experience the true speed of the car 1,480-horsepower hypercar.
Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace told Popular Mechanics, that no tyre is able to handle speeds in excess of 280 mph.
Andy Wallace definitely knows a lot about top speeds, He’s the man that set top speed records in the Jaguar XJ220 and McLaren F1 during the 1990s. He has also won overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
At the moment the Chiron is limited at 261 mph and currently wears the stickiest, grippiest set of Michelin rubber available to handle 1,480 horsepower.
Just to even reach 261 mph is complicated , the driver needs a “top speed key.” This is inserted into a special key into the slot on the doorsill.
At this point the Chiron takes over, the car performs safety checks, lowers its suspension, and angles its rear wing appropriately. If the car sense anymore than a quarter turn on the steering wheel the the top speed mode is disengaged- Bugatti say the top speed mode is only for straight-line use only.
Wallace says the Chiron easily reaches 261 mph, so going faster should not be a problem as long as the car is equipped with the correct set of tyres.
Michelin is currently developing a tire that will be able to stand the loads experienced at just over 280 mph. The rubber should be ready in 2018 when Bugatti will set an official top speed for the Chiron.
Although, the Chiron will still be unable to reach speeds of over 300 mph. Wallace says the forces at 300 mph are “devastating”.