Every year, speed fans look forward to knowing the fastest car in the world for the current year. For this year 2020, it is a Bugatti brand car, and we will tell you all about this magnificent machine.
With much secrecy, the French luxury vehicle brand built the fastest car in the world and performed the tests to make it official.
In this article, we will tell you the keys that make it so fast and the details of all those tests that had to be done to give it recognition.
If you are a fan of speed and want to know how this car managed to get such a record, stay until the end of this article!
1. Why is it the fastest car in the world?
To date, there was no official confirmation of a car that, on a track, exceeded 300 mph, about 483 km / h high speed for any vehicle.
This ended thanks to the Bugatti Chiron, a car that came to revolutionize the super-speed car industry and dethrone its “younger brother”, the Bugatti Veyron.
The car has an impressive W16 engine with 1500 hp (steam horses) that allows it to go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.5 seconds.
This Bugatti, with a value of 2.4 million euros, about 2.7 million dollars, managed to exceed the 300 mph mark, to go to more than 304 mph (490 km / h) on a track of supercars located in the Gifhorn district of Germany.
2. Features of the car
This car with a profile very close to the ground and a more aggressive appearance than the other sports cars, has many similarities with very famous supercars like the Type 57 Atlantic, taking inspiration from the raindrop shape.
It has a rear diffuser or exhaust pipe very similar to race cars and a horizontal LED bar 1.6 meters wide to give it character.
It has a spoiler that rises according to the aerodynamic needs of the car, to serve as an air brake.
Its interior is very minimalist, not forgetting the finishes of maximum quality and level. Its central console only contains the air conditioning controls and uses carbon fibre bars and a very traditional gear lever.
In addition, it has TFT screens with complete information on driving and entertainment modes. Your steering wheel has a switch for the above-mentioned driving changes and other very convenient controls.
The official track of the Volkswagen Group has a straight section of more than 8.7 kilometres that allows any professional or amateur driver to risk trying a fast car to the maximum capacity and determine how fast it really is.
In that sector of the track was that the Bugatti Chiron officially became the fastest car in the world.
This feat was achieved with the conduction of the British pilot Andy Wallace, famous for having been a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988, the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1990, 1997 and 1999 and winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring in the years 1992 and 1993.
In 2010, this same track witnessed the establishment of the fastest car record in the world for that date, the Veyron Super Sport model (also of the French brand Bugatti), which managed to exceed 267 mph (430 km / h).
Subsequently, this record was broken by a Koenigsegg car of Swedish origin when it broke the 285 mph (459 km / h) barrier on a track in Nevada, United States, in 2016.
4. Engineering of the winning car
The images of the test performed by the experienced racing driver confirmed that the supercar had modifications with respect to its original model.
This extension based on carbon fibre, a material recognized for its versatility, aerodynamics and lightness, was key to this record. In addition, small adjustments on its front and the diffuser on the back were decisive modifications to improve its profile against the wind.
But, not only aerodynamics played an important role in this achievement, but also mechanical parts and accessories were part of the changes.
For example, the fastest car in the world has Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 brand reinforced tires, which were checked in detail with X-rays to determine their integrity.
However, there is no official report confirming whether modifications were necessary to the car’s suspension system or its engine. This supercar uses a turbocharged 16-cylinder, 8-litre engine, capable of generating more than 1,500 horsepower.
5. After the record
How could it be otherwise, the brand did not miss the momentum generated by the consecration of its machine and decided to market a car inspired by the design of the fastest car in the world.
The French brand announced the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, but with a very interesting feature: only 30 units would be manufactured!
So exclusive would be the supercar for the market. And with a launch price of 3.5 million euros, just one week after being communicated to the public, 29 of these had already been removed.
In fact, one of these cars was put up for sale in Austria very recently, and the price exceeded 4.6 million euros. And, taking into account that deliveries will begin until the middle of the year 2021, it is already possible to show the eagerness that some speed enthusiasts have for getting a model of this car.
The fastest car in the world is an achievement that many manufacturers want to achieve. Not only because of the prestige of having a car that breaks all established brands but also because it allows them to take a step forward in the market.