When Andy lines up his new steed at the FoS start he will have 1,500hp under his right foot. Like everyone at FoS this year he will certainly be giving it “full throttle” but there will be no smoke, little fury and certainly no doughnuts. Just pure speed, deployed with the clinical precision that is the hallmark of the new £2m Bugatti Chiron.
“I am going to set the climate control to 21 degrees but I think I will give the music a rest,” Andy tells GRR. “It will be a very calm run. The Chiron is not really designed for hillclimbs. It may be more powerful than any racing car I ever drove at Le Mans, but it is certainly not a racing car.
“I only ever had around 1,200hp for qualifying and 800 for the race at Le Mans (where has raced 22 times, winning it with the Silk Cut Jaguar in 1988). I never imagined having 1,500hp in a race car, let alone in a sports car for the road that is as comfortable and cosseting as the Chiron.”