As expected, the Chiron-derived prototype that set a speed record of 304+ mph or 490+ km/h recently, is none other than the Chiron Super Sport, with 300+ suffix. The year 2019 marks the 110th anniversary of the French luxury marque and as the pictures would suggest, Bugatti threw a Grande Fête with historic models in attendance.
As for the Chiron Super Sport 300+, it is limited to 30 units and according to reports, the record-breaking car was sold at the big party itself. It is visually distinct from the Chiron due to its heavily reworked body for aerodynamics, which can propel the car beyond 420 km/h (261+ mph). The Air Curtains at the car’s front corners guide excess pressure developing at the front air inlets towards the sides of the car. At the same time, air outlets on the wheel arch and directly behind the front wheels dissipate excess pressure from the wheel arch, creating a slight amount of negative lift at the front to reduce drag.
The most prominent change, the one which draws all the attention, is at the rear. The longer rear end (longer by 25 cm), the so-called Longtail, allows laminar flow to pass over the vehicle for longer, which according to Bugatti, reduces the aerodynamic stall by over 40%.
Thanks to those vertically arranged tailpipes, the diffuser can almost generate a sufficient amount of negative lift by itself, meaning that the wing can consequently remain retracted in Top Speed mode. As a result, the drag at the rear has been improved even more as negative lift generated by wings and spoilers would otherwise contribute to the drag, Bugatti said.
As for the bodywork, it is made of exposed, jet-black carbon fibre with racing stripes in Jet Orange. The black engine cover is made of carbon, as is the windscreen wiper. The Bugatti Macaron logo is made of genuine silver and black enamel. The extremely light magnesium wheels are finished in Nocturne, as are all the trim parts. Passengers are welcomed with the lettering “Super Sport 300 +” in LED lighting at the door opening.
While the prototype’s interior had just one seat and roll cage, the customer versions will have a passenger seat as well. The interior is dominated by black carbon, leather and Alcantara in Beluga Black, complemented by highlights in Jet Orange. On the carbon door sills, the exclusive lettering likewise radiates in this colour, as do the headrests, the knee support in the centre console and the fine double-stitched seams. All interior trim parts have a black anodised finish, while the rear-view mirror and the centre line are painted in Beluga Black.
The 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbo motor is tuned to produce an output of 1,177 kW or 1,600 metric hp — 100 more than the Chiron. “The Chiron Super Sport 300+ is more than just the fastest series-production sports car in the world. It is a testimony to Bugatti’s technical refinement, masterly workmanship and enormous attention to detail,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.
In case you’re wondering, each unit will carry a net price of €3.5 million. Deliveries will begin in mid-2021.