The new hyper car hit 236 miles per hour on the famous track.
After the Bugatti’s Veyron’s international acclaim for its staggering performance, the new Chiron has a huge legacy to uphold. The exclusive brand wrote an early chapter in the upcoming hyper car’s story by staging its French public debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Chiron even unleashed its power on the famous course during a parade lap before the race on Saturday. The coupe reached a phenomenal 236 miles per hour there, which was faster than any race car during the event. The speed was well short of the model’s 261 mph limited top speed, though.
While the company’s boast of being faster than a Le Mans racer is impressive, it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison. The top competitors in the 24-hour event are much more concerned with having a high average speed during a lap, rather than hitting a large number briefly down the straight. To maintain such high velocities, the cars might sacrifice a little drag to stick like glue through the corners. Also, the teams have to run reliably for an entire day, not just for one high-speed blast during a parade lap.
Customer deliveries of the $2.7 million Chiron don’t begin until this fall, but all indications suggest it’s another masterpiece from Bugatti. The new hyper car uses an upgraded version of the Veyron’s W16 that now generates 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. The company already has orders for over 200 of the 500-vehicle production run.
The Chiron's speed at Le Mans is admirable. However, if Bugatti really wants to show its vehicles' performance, the company should time a race entry with the 80th anniversaries of its previous victories there in 1937 and 1939.
Bugatti Chiron at Le Mans Parade
- French super sports car manufacturer returns to the scene of its greatest racing triumphs
- Chiron completes parade lap before start of race on Saturday
- Reaching a speed of 380 km/h the super car was faster than the fastest race car
- New Bugatti excites thousands of fans at drivers parade on Friday
- First dynamic presentation of the Chiron in France
This weekend, Bugatti returned to the venue where the French super sports car brand once celebrated two of the greatest racing triumphs in its history. Bugatti won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1937 and 1939. In honour of the legendary endurance race, Bugatti sent its latest model, the Chiron1, to the "Circuit des 24 Heures”. Before the start of the race, some 250,000 spectators saw the world’s most powerful, fastest, most exclusive and most luxurious production super sports car complete a parade lap. At the wheel was Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The Chiron reached a speed of almost 380 km/h and was as a result faster than the fastest race car of the weekend. The day before, the 1,500 PS supercar excited thousands of racing fans at the drivers parade through Le Mans. Its appearance at Le Mans was the first dynamic presentation of the Chiron in France, following its world debut at the Geneva International Motor show this March.
“For Bugatti, there is scarcely a better venue in France for a dynamic presentation of the Chiron than Le Mans,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “We feel very close ties to this circuit, where the brand once celebrated sensational racing successes. It is therefore a great honour and pleasure for us to be here. With this presentation we are connecting a successful past with a successful present and would also like to send our greetings to the many fans of Bugatti in France and throughout the world.”
With the Chiron, Bugatti has developed the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car. With a power output of 1,500 PS, unprecedented for a production vehicle, torque of 1,600 Nm at 2,000 to 6,000 rpm and many technical innovations, the Chiron sets standards in every respect. Its maximum speed, limited for road use, is 420 km/h. The Chiron is being produced in a limited series of 500 cars. Currently, orders for more than 200 vehicles have already been received. The base price is €2.4 million. The first vehicle is due to be delivered to a customer in the autumn of 2016.
Bugatti won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. In 1937, Jean-Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist in a Type 57G Tank were the first to cross the finishing line. This was the first time since 1926 that this key race had been won by a French vehicle, with a new distance record of 3,287.938 km and an average speed of 136.99 km/h. Two years later, Wimille repeated this achievement, together with Pierre Veyron, in a Type 57C Tank with a new distance record of 3,354.760 km and an average speed of 139.781 km/h. The permanent race track of the circuit is named after the legendary super sports car brand from Molsheim in Alsace, the “Circuit Bugatti”.
1 Near-production vehicle without type approval – Directive 1999/94/EEC does not apply