How important is it that you beat your own top speed record?
I think it is important to evolve and be better than you have been in the past. We will beat our (top speed) record. We are planning to do this is 2018. (The record currently stands at 431km/h, 267mph – ed).
So how fast will the Chiron go?
The Chiron is homologated for road use at 420km/h (261mph) but at Ehra Lessien (the VW group test track) it will go faster than that. It is important that the Bugatti is the fastest car in the world. Our goal is always to be the fastest road car. The Chiron is the only car with a speedometer calibrated to 500km/h (310mph). And it is an analogue speedo, a dial with a needle, so you always see it.
Why do you think other companies haven’t chased your top speed? Isn’t the world changing in this regard?
Many have tried. Others are more interested in laptimes. The Chiron is not a track car. Top speed is one dimension of a car only. But if you look at the 100m race, there are always people who want to be faster than anyone else. Fastest is always best.
Will Bugatti make money on the Chiron?
Yes, I have seen the business case, I have seen the figures and we will definitely make money on this car.
Did you make money on the Veyron?