Bugatti Chiron does 0-400-0 in 42 seconds, sets new world record

The 1,500 PS hyper car from Molsheim has accelerated from 0 to 400 km/h and braked back to a standstill in just 42 seconds (41.96), setting a new world record. The run was supervised and certified by SGS-TÜV Saar, a JV of SGS group and TÜV Saarland.

The Chiron completed the manoeuvre in a distance of only 3.112 km. The record was set by Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, two-time winner of the Indy 500 and three-time winner of the 24 hours of Daytona.

Bugatti explains the story – Montoya presses the accelerator to the limit with his right foot. The 8.0-litre W16 runs up to 2,800 rpm. The powerful turbochargers spool up, and Montoya releases the brake pedal. To ensure maximum acceleration from a standstill without any “turbo lag”, the Chiron initially moves off with two turbochargers in operation. The other two units are activated from about 3,800 rpm.

The high-performance tyres developed with Michelin, face extreme loading. At a speed of 400 km/h, centrifugal force converts one gram of rubber into 3,600 grams. A tire valve that only weighs 18.3 grams when stationary develops a hefty force of approximately 45 kg at that speed.


At 32.6 seconds and 2,621 metres later, the Chiron reaches the 400 km/h mark. Montoya steps firmly on the brakes. 0.8 seconds after operation of the brakes, the rear wing moves up to an angle of 49 degrees, forming an air brake that decelerates the Chiron. At 400 km/h, the airbrake boosts the aerodynamic downforce on the rear axle by about 900 kg. That corresponds to the kerb weight of a Golf II.

During full braking from 400 km/h, the force on vehicle and driver is about 2g, similar to that experienced during the launch of a space shuttle. After 9.3 seconds and 491 metres, the Chiron comes to a halt.

Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer commented: “300 of the limited series of 500 Chiron have already been sold. The success story of this exceptional super sports car continues.”


In case you’re wondering, another Chiron was used to film the 0-400-0 run.

Bugatti delivered the first US Chiron at the Pebble Beach recently. Check out the Bugatti Chiron in ‘Bleu Royal’ exposed carbon fibre.

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