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TechnologyChiron and on and on: Even quicker Bugatti variants are coming

16:35  11 september  2019
16:35  11 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The Bugatti Chiron has just become the first production car in the world to break the 300 mph barrier, but it's not done yet. "Performance is not just going straight and going very fast, but when you are building a car like the Chiron you are at the peak, at the pinnacle of what you can achieve, so you

"We wanted to be the first ones to break the 300-mph barrier and we did it, but now we need to focus on other things." This is what Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann told me at this year's "If you look back at the '20s and '30s, Ettore Bugatti has never done only top speed," Winkelmann told me.

"We wanted to be the first ones to break the 300-mph barrier and we did it, but now we need to focus on other things." This is what Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann told me at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Many auto manufacturers would take a few weeks to enjoy the glow of a momentous achievement like that. Winkelmann, though, is already talking about what's next. Why? Because he doesn't want his company to get pigeonholed into just one performance metric.

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"If you look back at the '20s and '30s, Ettore Bugatti has never done only top speed," Winkelmann told me. "I think this was a bit our mistake, in terms of communications, was speaking too much about this. It's clear that if you have a number that is very high, it's very easy to write about it, it's easy to tell a story."

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For comparison, even the limited-run Bugatti Divo is quite a bit less expensive at 5 million euros that Bugatti was developing lightweight, more powerful, and open-roof variants of the Chiron . Bugatti has a slightly more accessible model on the way with the introduction of the Chiron Sport 110 ans

The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engine two-seater sports car developed and manufactured in Molsheim, France by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.. The successor to the

Now, he wants to shift the discussion. "Performance is not just going straight and going very fast, but when you are building a car like the Chiron you are at the peak, at the pinnacle of what you can achieve, so you cannot just do in one car everything."

Bugatti's latest Chiron can hit 300 mph

Chiron and on and on: Even quicker Bugatti variants are coming
Chiron and on and on: Even quicker Bugatti variants are coming
Chiron and on and on: Even quicker Bugatti variants are coming
Chiron and on and on: Even quicker Bugatti variants are coming
Chiron and on and on: Even quicker Bugatti variants are coming

Winkelmann said the company is working on other Chiron variations, each pushing that base platform into a different direction. "You have to do different cars to highlight different peaks. It's so complex and so over the edge that you cannot cover it with one car. The all-rounder is the base Chiron, then we have a bit more extreme one that is the Sport, and then with the Super Sport we have one that is focused on the longitudinal acceleration and the top speed."

Bugatti's record-breaking speed run required special wheels and nerves of steel

  Bugatti's record-breaking speed run required special wheels and nerves of steel Speed kills. That had to be on the minds of Bugatti and Michelin engineers (and driver Andy Wallace), when together they pushed a modified Chiron to 304.77 miles an hour. As you would expect, driving a production car that fast involves more than just finding a straight path, strapping in and hoping for the best. Instead, it required adjustments to the car, the wheels and nerves of steel. "Safety is a big part of Michelin's DNA," said the tireThat had to be on the minds of Bugatti and Michelin engineers (and driver Andy Wallace), when together they pushed a modified Chiron to 304.77 miles an hour.

The Bugatti Chiron Sport has stiffer suspension and a lighter body for better handling. But Bugatti just unveiled a new version at the Geneva Motor Show that's engineered to do even But, with tighter suspension and 40 pounds less weight, Bugatti says it's significantly quicker in lapping a race track.

Bugatti , Volkswagen Group's French hypercar brand, has a new Chiron variant in the works. Apparently, this won't be a typical special edition Bugatti has only shown the car to a select group of individuals, and one of those showings was a very exclusive event in Beverly Hills, as you can see in

What's next? Winkelmann mentioned one version entirely focused on maximizing power-to-weight, one focused entirely on handling, all based on the same core Chiron platform, which in its basic form does such a remarkable job of blending both outrageous speed and opulent luxury.

And how much longer can that Chiron platform last? "Roughly until the middle of the next decade," Winkelmann said, indicating that the car still has "a lot of potential inside." But it can't live on forever: "We limited the entire production slot of the Chiron to 500 units, so there is a limit of what we can do. Sooner or later we have to concentrate on the followup."

It's too early to talk about what that followup might look like, but Winkelmann said the company is pondering a second model -- "a different type of car" -- that he said might be a "two-plus-two for daily use with more room and more luggage compartment." Most interesting? Winkelmann mentions that electrification could make sense for a car like this, a development that might open the door to a series of new performance benchmarks to shatter.

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