Bugatti Chiron Is Faster Than A Le Mans Racer

With Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer behind the wheel, the new Chiron reached a top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph) on the sidelines of this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This means that the VW Group hypercar was “faster than the fastest race car of the weekend”, as the manufacturer explains, but its presence at the legendary race wasn’t all about speed, as the powerful machine checked two boxes: its debut in France and the celebration of the 1937 and 1939 endurance races, where Bugatti was the big winner.

“For Bugatti, there is scarcely a better venue in France for a dynamic presentation of the Chiron than Le Mans,” said Durheimer. ” We feel very close ties to this circuit, where the brand once celebrated sensational racing successes. It is therefore a great honor and pleasure for us to be here. With this presentation we are connecting a successful past with a successful present and would also like to send our greetings to the many fans of Bugatti in France and throughout the world”.

Billed to have been developed as “the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car”, the Bugatti Chiron first saw the light of day a few months ago, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

It carries a base price tag of €2.4 million ($2.7) and more than 200 orders have been received so far, out of the limited series of 500 cars. The first example will be delivered to its owner this fall with 1,500 PS (1,479 HP) and 1,600 Nm (1,180 lb-ft) on tap, enough to propel it up to a limited road use top speed of 420 km/h (261 mph).

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  • Kevin Tay

    cool story bro, but i don’t think it can do 380 km/h around a hairpin

    • Matt

      Can any vehicle?

      • Kevin Tay

        Redbull X1 can

  • You have to remember that the circuit was modify to prevent race cars from going to those speeds. So many went flying. And as much as the Chiron is a great car, not sure it would turn as fast as a LeMans prototype or survive 24h of racing. Still very impressive to reach 380 and have space left to brake.

    • winnerx741

      Yes 100% right the chiron is too heavy in the first place and it would be no match to an even less poweful lemans car in a time atack lap battle, the chriron is not intendent to be a track car its a car just to be bragin about

      • TheHake

        I won’t mind having one, even if I was not allowed to tell anyone else about it! I just want to RIDE it!

      • radio raheem

        Bugatti just needs to make a med version so everyone can stop chatting…

    • TheHake

      They never said it turned as fast. It’s still commendable that it reached 380 on a track! It’s a friggen road car!

      • winnerx741

        any street tuned car would do 380 on that track with 1500hp easy

        • Matt

          There’s always one person that has no respect for the Chiron’s capabilities because they think a ‘tuned’ car could do everything a Chiron could do.

          Theoretical ‘tuned’ car comparisons are IRRELEVANT.

          • AnklaX

            Did you see those 1200+ hp tuned drag cars, they actually could. Though they’re more likely to be able to do that only once without breaking.

          • Vassilis

            Sadly it’s not only one.

          • winnerx741

            Jajajaja u must like the chiron a lot is ok

  • AnklaX

    This is hardly news. Many cars are faster than race cars in a straight line but not faster over a lap. If any road car can beat the lap time of even a GT Pro car, post that news.

    • winnerx741

      You 100% right

  • fabri99

    Then enter it next year…

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