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Bugatti Chiron supercar smashes through the 300 mph barrier
Posted On September 3, 2019
Fortunately there’s video! Here’s Andy Wallace, Le Mans winner and Bugatti test driver, reaching a top speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h) on August 2nd on the VW-owned test track at Ehra-Lessien in the German state of Lower Saxony.
According to Bugatti, Wallace worked his way up to the top speed from 300 km/h in 50 km/h increments “to make sure all the conditions were right and the Chiron was optimally balanced in terms of lift and downforce.” You see, when you start to approach airplane-takeoff speeds, you have to worry about things like, well, taking off into the air.
“At that kind of speed, normally airplanes are flying in the air,” said Stefan Ellrott, head of development at Bugatti. “You have to make sure the car stays on the ground.”