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Everything You Need to Know About the Bugatti Chiron

Author: Sherryn de Vos
Date: 2017-04-04
This ultra supercar is the fastest, most powerful and most exclusive car on the road right now! We looked a bit closer at the Bugatti Chiron!
It was decided in 2001, that the fastest car in the world needed to be made. Volkswagen, owners of Bugatti, set the company to task and from 2005, the Veyron dominated the supercar industry. Just over a decade later, the company has outdone themselves once more and produced the fastest vehicle to come with a number plate. The Veyron was discontinued in 2015 to make way for this powerhouse, and we wonder, what did ten years teach the company? The answer: A LOT!  We have a look at exactly what this car is about below:

Specs You Need To Sit Down For

Right, let’s get to what everyone wants to know. What is under that bonnet and exactly how fast is this baby. We thought we would lay it out for you in the simplest way so that you get the full effect of its true glory.
  • Top Speed of 463kms/ hour. It has however been limited to 420 for “safety reasons”.
  • 0-100kms/hr in 2.5 seconds
  • 8.0 litre, quad Turbo W16 engine; it is basically two V8’s next to each other
  • 1 479 brake horsepower
  • Seven-speed twin-clutch
  • 1 103 KW
  • 1 180 lb/ft torque
  • At top speed, the Chiron can drain a 100-litre tank in nine minutes! (NINE MINUTES!)

The Nitty Gritties To Sink Your Teeth Into

Keeping this monster cool was one of the biggest challenges for the creators. Its power engine needs 60 000 litres of air per minute to keep it cool. It also needs to circulate 800 litres of coolant at the same time and has a total of ten radiators. The car is 8kgs lighter than the Veyron, due to the new use of carbon-fibre monocoque. There are five different modes to choose from including ‘Lift’, ‘Auto’, ‘Autobahn’, ‘Handling’ and ‘Top Speed’. Each mode that blends the settings for the perfect chassis height, dampers, steering weight, torque distribution from the four-wheel drive system, active aero and the electronic stability system.
The entire design of the car is designed to essentially suck in air to cool down the beast. The LED lights double as air intake and the “Bugatti Line” curve of carbon fibre also acts as an intake. The back is created to suck in air and reduce drag at the same time. It is basically just a large open schism with a strip of 82 braking LED’s.

Something You Might Have Not Known About Bugatti

The company was founded by Ettore Bugatti in 1909 and it produced some of the best performance cars ever made for almost five decades. Unfortunately, due to some unexpected misfortunes and shaky markets, the company was shut down in 1952. The company was resurrected in 1982 by the Italian businessman, Romani Artoli. He built the EB110 and launched the car on what would have been the 110th birthday of its namesake and original owner, Ettore Bugatti. The company once again shut down in 1995 and was eventually scooped up by Volkswagen three years later. Bugatti focused on building concept cars until 2001 when VW decided that the world needed a car to dominate them all.

It Has Been An Overwhelming Success

The price starts at $2.7million, or R36 million for the Chiron. At this price, you would have thought that the market would be somewhat limited. You would be wildly mistaken, as over 200 have already been snapped up! If that isn’t enough, word is that the French police have been gifted with their very own Chiron to add to their fleet.

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