Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Got Airborne During 304.77 MPH Run

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ may have looked remarkably stable when it cracked the 300 mph (482 km/h) barrier, but driver Andy Wallace has revealed that the car actually got airborne during the run.

While recently speaking with Wheels, the racing driver said that a change in surface at the Ehra-Lessien circuit meant the hypercar was briefly airborne at 277.7 mph (447 km/h) during its record-breaking sprint.

“There is a surface change [on the straight], and I was calling it a ramp and jump, and everyone was wondering why I was calling it that,” he said. “That was until they looked at the data, and they realised that it actually is a jump. This occurs at 447km/h on that fast run. It goes from a nice smooth surface, to an older surface. It felt to me inside the cabin that it was all coming off the ground and then coming down.”

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Wallace says he was well aware of the small jump in the track and had to ensure he kept the Chiron’s throttle pinned while going over it to ensure the car wasn’t unsettled.

“You know that surface change is there, and after you have fired yourself off the banking, and the numbers are coming up, you kind of brace yourself for going over this jump. You can’t lift though. In fact, lifting makes this much worse, because then you get a pitch change at the front and it gives you a whole heap of trouble. You are far better off staying flat, which means there is not much you can do about it, you just go with it and hope it is alright.”

If driving a car towards 300 mph isn’t scary enough, we imagine that driving a car so fast while also getting some air time could unnerve many of the planet’s finest racing drivers.

 

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  • incredible numbers. next, they should go for 500kmh.

  • Porkopolis

    Gets a little squirrelly at those speeds… Not gonna get me in something going that fast unless it’s on rails.

  • Marcin Lewandowski

    Yeah, cool.
    Fun toy for the richest.
    I wonder who really need a car that can go faster than any average man can drive. My personal speed record is little above 280 km/h (174 mph) – it was in Audi RS5 on german autobahn (no 4 if I could remember). Three lanes, no speed limits, nearly empty and downhill. It was not fully reasonable but legal. I can not imagine to drive any car faster than 320 km/h (200 mph) even in such a good conditions. But to be honest if in my life I could drive faster I would do it on a track (They did, I know it). But it is pointless, I prefer snake mountains roads and small sport cars like GT86 or MX-5. This is real fun to me.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      With that reasoning we wouldn’t have passed the 300km/h barrier.
      Achieving more is what helps making better products every time and not everybody will be thrilled in a MX5.

      • HD

        Actually I’m pretty sure most people have more fun in an MX5. The reason is pretty simple. You can’t drive on the world’s best race tracks, as only a few lucky ones have access to them, but you can drive in and around the city and the best car for that is a car that’s fun at low speeds. Supercars are just not fun at all in the cities (if you have driven a Ferrari or a similar car, you know what I mean – unless you like to pose of course).
        We have passed 1200 km/h, who cares? You will never drive faster than 300 km/h on any motorway in the world, and even that on short sections only in special circumstances.

        • Julien Lachemoi

          Most people is not everybody. As I said not everybody will be thrilled in a MX5.
          I don’t get the complaining. This car will never ever ends up in your, my or any normal guy driveway. It doesn’t take anything from you enjoying a Miata and complaining is too fast is useless as best, and quite old grumpy “it was better in my time” type at worst.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    Guinness will be pissed soon

  • Matt

    So what’s the main differences then?

  • SO I GUESS THE POINT IS TO KEEP IT AT 300 MPH JUST TO BE SAFE.

  • Axel Cortez

    his balls of lead made the car stay flat

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