You’re sitting behind the steering wheel looking down a long straight road. You start to push on the gas and you move forward, feeling the engine come alive. With your foot a little heavier on the gas now, the car accelerates with ease moving faster and faster. Pretty soon you are flying down the road, the wind whipping in your face, and the AWD dirt kicking up behind you. If you know the feeling then you know luxury cars only go so far with comfort. Large leather seats, hand stitched interiors, and immersive technology are definitely fine perks to owning a luxury automotive. But if the car can’t handle or isn’t built for speed, well, then what’s the fun in that?
Luxury cars take a new turn when we find that truly addicting need for speed. But consumers are not the only ones interested in seeing how fast beautiful machinery can go. Car manufacturers around the world are in constant competition with each other to see who can produce the fastest car in the world. Up until August 2019 the farthest you would have to go to answer the question ‘what is the #1 fastest car in the world’ was Sweden. Even faster than the iconic Speedtail, in 2017 the Koenigsegg Agera RS achieved a record speed of 284.55mph, the fastest speed ever achieved on a public road (1). Since the Swedish boutique automakers couldn’t use any European test tracks, the record was famously set on a closed Nevada highway. But quietly and efficiently, France produced a car of their own that soon put the Koenigsegg Agera RS to shame.
The Car that Broke the Magic 300mph Barrier
Bugatti shows up time and time again to take the world by storm. Setting the records straight by proving to be the fastest car in the world, The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ came out of nowhere as the company quietly manufactured this supercar ready to break speed records again (2). In August 2019, British driver Andy Wallace sat behind the wheel of the limited-edition Chiron model. He reached an incredibly shocking speed of 304mph, making him the first person to ever cross the 300mph magic barrier in a production car.
Many of Bugatti’s rivals have always boasted about beating the French car manufacturers to the 300mph mark, but Bugatti reclaimed the crown as they always do. The record was set on the famous German test track, Ehra-Lessien, Volkswagen’s official test track. This track is infamous for testing high speed runs of new sports cars, but what makes this track so ideal is that is offers about a 5.4 mile stretch of straight asphalt. This stretch allows for drivers to warm up their cars and set new records, as British driver Andy Wallace had.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
This beautiful car comes with even more beautiful features. The car is based on the Bugatti Chiron but actually comes with a few body modifications including a longer rear end designed with carbon fiber that allows the car to stay grounded when it reaches high speeds of 300+mph. Similar to the original Chiron, The Chiron Super Sport still includes the beautiful carbon fiber throughout the rest of the exterior as well. There are also slight front-end aerodynamic tweaks that helped the car claim its title as fastest car in the world. Overall, however, the car still maintains the same signature exterior and aesthetic as the original Bugatti Chiron.
Aside from improved aerodynamic designs, there are other features to this super car that played a big role in overall speed. The Chiron Super Sport comes with an astonishing 1,600 horsepower (a 100 horsepower ‘step up’ from the original Chiron) and a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16 engine. Wallace commented that the car could go even faster than 304mph, and if that seems hard to comprehend that’s because it is. At 300mph, one could cover 450ft of pavement in just one second.
Will They Be For Sale?
As Bugatti always does, there will only be a limited amount of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ produced. Bugatti announced that only 30 examples of the record-breaking machine will be manufactured for the market. The car was first presented on Bugatti’s 110th birthday event to a room of carefully handpicked customers and car enthusiasts. The entire production run was announced and presented before the event even closed their doors. With only 30 Chiron Super Sport 300+ for sale, the buying process will be highly selective as well (3).
While the Bugatti Chiron started as a whopping $3 million, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ will start at $3.5 million. You will be able to own the same model as the record breaking speedster, but the car will be electronically capped at 261mph for consumers – wouldn’t want anyone wrecking their new Bugatti! It is estimated that the cars will be out for delivery to its 30 lucky customers sometime mid-2021. It is also rumored that if you purchase a Chiron Super Sport, Bugatti will offer their 30 customers an experience of a lifetime by allowing them to reach speeds of 300mph on the Ehra-Lessien track in Germany where the record was set.
Will Bugatti Reach the Next Milestone?
The next milestone in the speed race will be to break through the 330mph barrier. The Bugatti manufacturers released a statement shortly after the record was set, that while they have continued to prove time and time again that they can always produce the fastest car in the world, they instead hope to take their efforts down another avenue in the future. While Bugatti will always be a powerhouse of super cars and speed, the French automakers see a different future for Bugatti on the horizon and we can expect nothing less than greatness from this incredible manufacturer.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ hyper car is an uncanny piece of beautifully crafted machinery. Breaking records and shattering that magic 300mph barrier, Bugatti has outdone themselves again as the fastest and most exclusive sports car makers in the world. Not only does this car deliver 0-60 top speeds on the open roads, but it does so with style, class, and forward-minimalist design.