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Bugatti Chiron sets world record

Bugatti Chiron sets world record

The Bugatti Chiron has set a world record by travelling from 0 to 400 kilometres per hour and back to 0 in just 42 seconds.

The new super car from Alsace - driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix - has been able to ramp up to almost 250 miles per hour and then back down to 0 in less than a minute, using the 8 litre W16 engine that runs up to 2,800 rpm.

It takes only 32.6 seconds and a distance of 2,621 metres for the car to reach the 400 km/h mark. Using the rear wing, which angles to 49 degrees, this forms an air brake that helps the car to brake quicker. During this braking time, the force on vehicle and the driver is similar to what is felt during the launch of a space shuttle.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., said: "Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron.

"Our customers want the best of the best. This truly impressive performance further confirms that the Chiron is the world's best super sports car. 300 of the limited series of 500 Chiron have already been sold. The success story of this exceptional super sports car continues."

Whilst Juan Pablo Montoya added: "My first thought was that I would do anything Bugatti wanted in order to drive this incredible car. When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.

"The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive. And the car is just so stable and consistent. I feel honoured to be part of this project."

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