Bugatti Hypercar: What Max Speed Does to Wheels & You
As the heat of competition in the world of hypercars intensifies, a showdown between the old guard of internal combustion and the new wave of battery powered technology rages on. What had once been only dreamt of is fast becoming a reality, as production cars race to previously elusive speeds inconceivable only a decade ago. Nevertheless, the challenges that come with achieving ever-greater levels of performance become much more difficult to overcome, at the very limits of what the automotive industry can do.
This remarkable, fresh footage serves to remind us that pushing road vehicles to 300 mph exacts an exorbitant toll. Moreover, the tires that make contact with the surface limit our capacity for speed. Models such as the Rimac Nevera are capable of affecting a shift in the apex rating of top velocity; however, no mechanized car possesses both the presence and comfort of the Bugatti Chiron and its confirmed proficiency in excelling beyond 300 mph. Watch the video to witness a cinematic demonstration of the grandiose nature of the Chiron and the sway it has on the realm that surrounds it.
It’s the highly specific Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, and this French-manufactured marvel has managed to achieve a remarkable 304 mph in an early edition of its exclusive iteration. Manufacturing versions of the 8-liter, W16-fueled, 1580-horsepower Super Sport 300+ are electronically confined to approximately 273 mph.
At maximum velocity, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are exposed to a force of 14,000 lbs, more than twice that seen on a Porsche 911 at total speed. As the wheels spin at 4,000 revs per minute, the gyroscopic power agitates the steering wheel and necessitates ongoing minor alterations. Moreover, humans become subjected to direct forces that impose pressure on the inner organs as the Chiron accelerates up to 300 mph within 40 seconds.
Given an adequate amount of track, the Chiron could reach its ‘V-Max’ or peak speed, similar to any other vehicle. In a vacuum, the Chiron could travel much faster, however drag from the air is intimidating for hypercars, not to mention friction from the ground.
The video review serves to inform us of the capabilities of the Hennessey Venom F5 – the fastest vehicle in Forza Horizon 5 – which is, theoretically, an outrageous hypercar and could defeat the Chiron to gain its position as the reigning ruler of the speed world. Though it has only just breached 271 mph, it is conjectured to be able to surpass 300 mph.
Another example is the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, boasting potential to reach speeds of 330 mph. Although theoretical velocity records are not officially recognized unless they have been physically confirmed twice, once in each direction.
Vehicles intended for sale must meet the requirements to be considered road-legal, and the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is one example of this. Though an earlier model was used during the record-breaking high speed run, it featured a distinct configuration. The recent news about Koenigsegg’s Regera has also made quite a stir; although its 0-250-0-mph run in just over 29 seconds is not as quick as the Bugatti’s, its deceleration from 250 MPH to zero in only 8 seconds is spectacular.