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A Bugatti walked 305 miles per hour. That's the record



A specially modified Bugatti Chiron, driven by Bugatti tester Andy Wallace, walked 304.8 miles per hour on a 5.5 mile straightaway on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, the company said. Bugatti is owned by Volkswagen Group ( VLKPF ) who also owns Lamborghini and Bentley.
  Bugatti worked with the racing car manufacturer Dallara to create a special version of Chiron.
Bugatti is a "production car manufacturer", which means it makes multiple copies of the same car for use on public roads, albeit, in Bugatti's case, in low numbers and at very high prices. But this was not the usual type of Chiron one can buy for $ 3 million from the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France. This record was set by a prototype Chiron developed by Bugatti in collaboration with Italian racing car manufacturer Dallara. (Cars built solely to compete for speed records have gone as fast as over 500 miles per hour.)

In addition to making safety changes for such high speeds, companies changed the car's bodywork to improve aerodynamics. The tires were also specially developed by Michelin, which makes the tires for regular Chiron cars as well. The tires are still legal for road use, but they were reinforced to withstand these extremely high speeds.

  Changes were made to the car's body to improve its aerodynamics for very high speeds.

"It is inconceivable that a car would be able to do this. But Chiron was well prepared, and I felt very safe – even in these high speed areas , "Wallace said in a statement.

The standard Bugatti Chiron is limited, using electronics on board, to a top speed of 261 miles per hour. Bugatti has never said how fast an unmodified car could go without the electronic limiter. The reason for that, company executives have said before, is that they were unsure that the tires could safely withstand higher speeds.

  Bugatti created special tires to withstand the stress of driving at 300 miles per hour.

After setting this record, the company has nothing left to prove in terms of speed, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said.

"Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magical 300-mile hour. We have now achieved this – to make ourselves, the whole team and myself, incredibly proud, " said Winkelmann in a statement. "We have shown several times that we are building the fastest cars in the world. In the future, we will focus on other areas."


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