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  • A Bugatti went 305 miles per hour. That's a record

    After one of its cars made a high-speed run on a German test track, Bugatti says it is the first production auto manufacturer to make a car that exceeded 300 miles per hour.

    A specially modified Bugatti Chiron, driven by Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace, went 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 the Volkswagen Group (VLKPF), which also owns Lamborghini and Bentley.

    Bugatti is a "production auto manufacturer," meaning 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 ordinary sort of Chiron one can buy for $3 million from the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France. This record was set by a prototype Chiron that Bugatti developed in cooperation with the Italian race 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 alterations for such high speeds, the companies modified the car's body 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.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/02/cars/...mph/index.html
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    I like that they have to electronically limit the speed of their “normal” production cars to 260 mph because they’re unsure whether the tires can handle it.
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      Originally posted by Jester View Post
      I like that they have to electronically limit the speed of their “normal” production cars to 260 mph because they’re unsure whether the tires can handle it.
      That's why those tires cost $35,000 for a set and every second time you change the tires you also have to change the wheels.

      Now think about this. In 1998 McLaren went for the production car record with the legendary McLaren F1, largely regarded as the first hypercar every made and, in my opinion, still the greatest car ever made. Examples of these cars today are worth roughly $20M. So in 1998, McLaren took the car to the same track the Veyron just hit it's record on and went 240 MPH! Think about that, that's on 26 year old tire technology (the car ran one tire and the original record it set was in 1993.

      Here's footage of that run and just look at the absolutely nonchalant nature of the crew and driver. FYI, the driver is none other than Le Mans legend Andy Wallace who just so happens to be the same guy who just set the 305 mph record in the Bugatti.

      Andy Wallace 1998:



      And Andy again in 2019:



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