Ever since the original Veyron arrived on the scene in 2005, every time pub discussions were held about the fastest cars in the world, the word "Bugatti" was usually not far behind. However, after shaving over 300 miles per hour in a "pre-production" modified Chiron, it looks like Bugatti's record-breaking days are over with brand president Stephan Winkelmann confirming the news shortly after setting the new benchmark. I mean, if you go, you might as well go out on top.
In a statement celebrating Chiron hitting 304,773 miles per hour, Winkelmann said this would be the last speed record the ultra-luxury carmaker would seek.
"However, ladies and gentlemen, this was the last time for us," Winkelmann said. "We were the first to achieve this incredible milestone, and we engraved our names in history books forever. From now on, our thoughts and focus will remain on various projects."
This leaves companies like Koenigsegg, Hennessey and SSC dueling it for superior speed at the top. Koenigsegg Jesko, Hennessey Venom F5, and SSC's Tuatara hypercars all claim and aim to exceed 300 mph, but no one has pulled it off yet.
With more power, reinforced tires, a stronger safety cell, revised aero and a longtail body, Bugatti Chiron achieved his latest record with Le Mans winner and Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel ̵
It was also done on the parent company Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien 12 mile test track, which is essentially two long straights connected with knocked corners at both ends. Now that Bugatti has stepped out of top speed, what Volkswagen is planning to do with the space, is anyone guessing.