Now, following the Chiron’s blistering run through the dense forest of Lower-Saxony, the production car speed record is comfortably back in Bugatti’s hands. Or is it? If we’re talking technicalities, this Chiron occupies an awkward position in the record standings. While it is based on the production model, and was modified by the manufacturer itself, the extensive aerodynamic and powertrain changes mean that it doesn’t quite fit the Production Car Speed Record bill. After all, the Agera RS that set the previous record was in Gryphon lightweight spec – a specification readily available on road going models (at least to those who could afford it).
The Chiron, meanwhile, is the result of six-months graft by a team of Bugatti, Michelin and Dallara chassis tuning engineers. With a long aero tail adding 25cm to its length, a laser-controlled ride height lowering it significantly and a removed rear wing and airbrake reducing drag, the Chiron significantly differs to its donor base, and not just by way of its mean looks. There's plenty of brains behind the brawn too, for example in the four powerful exhausts, which project the fumes as far from the rear as possible in order to avoid any unwanted aero disturbance.