Andy Wallace Says Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Was Still Accelerating At 304 MPH

The man who drove the new Chiron Super Sport 300+ to 304.77 mph (490 km/h) says the car still had some speed left in reserve when he backed off the accelerator.

Bugatti may not have claimed the Guinness world record for the fastest production car on earth because it didn’t record a two-way average top speed run, but it did establish itself as the first automaker to have a series-production model that exceeds 300 mph (482 km/h).

“I don’t think that’s the v-max of the car, because it was still accelerating,” test pilot Andy Wallace told Autoblog. “At that speed, you cover a kilometer about every seven seconds. Then, of course, at the other end you need some distance — not necessarily time, but quite a lot of distance — to get the car down to the right speed for the banking.”

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Wallace believes he may have been able to keep his right foot pinned to the throttle for about one more second before he had to brake for the banking at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test facility and, with a longer road at its disposal, the Chiron could go even faster.

For years, one of the limiting factors in building a production car that exceeds the 300 mph mark has been the tires, but with the Chiron Super Sport 300+ Michelin proved that its rubber can withstand the forces and heat generated at such speeds.

The French company says it has actually tested the tires the Bugatti was wearing at up to 317 mph (510 km/h), meaning the likes of Hennessey, Koenigsegg and SSC will be able to chase the 310 mph barrier with their own hypercars.

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  • john1168

    I’d bet this thing could approach 310 mph if the road was long enough. They need to bring it to the US on a loooooonnnggg straight road here in Nevada or somewhere in the mid west. I wonder what the tires were like after the run?

    • Ben

      Supporting that much weight at such high speeds has got to be brutal on the tires.

    • Matt

      Problem with Nevada is the heat and road condition. At those speeds the tyres may not hold up.

    • Six_Tymes

      too much heat there. a close friend went twice to the silver cup race, or whatever it was called in Nevada, and raced, he went 190 mph in his 944 Turbo s, his tires both times were almost done for because of heat. Heat caused many accidents during those racing events, and why i think (but not certain) they stopped running those events, too many accidents.

  • SnakePlant

    Wait did you get that from Autoblog or from Shmee’s video with Andy?

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