Welcome to another month, another new Bugatti. That’s the comment we’ve been seeing on social media platforms these days when Bugatti reveals a new creation or a new iteration of the Chiron. That said, Bugattis as we all know, represent the ultimate in automotive engineering. So, let’s take a look at the Chiron Pur Sport. Because, according to Bugatti, it “yearns for corners and challenging country roads”.
To begin with, the styling is dictated by aerodynamics. The front end is dominated by wide air inlets and an enlarged horseshoe grille. The splitter generates maximum downforce by protruding significantly at the front while also making the vehicle seem wider. There are air outlets on the front wings/fenders while at the rear, the spoiler spans 1.90 metres to generate serious amounts of downforce.
The temperature-resistant tailpipes are made of 3D-printed titanium. This production method gives the components very thin walls, thus helping to save weight where it really matters, Bugatti said.
We spoke to customers and realized they wanted a vehicle that is geared even more towards agility and dynamic cornering. A hypersports car that yearns for country roads with as many bends as possible. An unadulterated, uncompromising driving machine. Consequently, the vehicle is called Chiron Pur Sport. By cutting the weight by 50 kg while simultaneously boosting the downforce and configuring an uncompromising, sporty chassis as well as suspension setup, the Chiron Pur Sport boasts incredible grip, sensational acceleration and extraordinarily accurate handling. It’s the most uncompromising yet agile Bugatti of recent times. – Stephan Winkelmann, President, Bugatti
The revised chassis setup features 65% firmer springs at the front and 33% at the rear. An adaptive damping control strategy geared towards performance as well as modified camber values (-2.5 degrees) guarantee even more dynamic handling and added agility in bends, Bugatti said. Carbon fibre stabilizers at the front and rear additionally minimise roll.
This setup makes the Chiron Pur Sport steer more directly and accurately through bends and maintains the grip levels for a very long time – even at high speeds. In conjunction with 19 kg of weight reduction of the unsprung masses, the Pur Sport almost glides across roads. – Jachin Schwalbe, Head of Bugatti Chassis Development
The Chiron Pur Sport rides on lightweight magnesium wheels with optional aero blades. When the vehicle is in motion, the rings fitted to the rim extract air outwards from the wheel and is drawn towards the rear preventing turbulence in the wheel area. They cut down a total of 16 kg. The titanium brake pad base panels cut the vehicle’s weight by a further 2 kg while the brake discs strike yet another kg off the total weight.
The wheels are wrapped in a bespoke Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tyres measuring 285/30 R20 at the front and 355/25 R21 at the rear. Thanks to a modified tyre structure and a rubber mix that creates more grip, this combination is claimed to boost the vehicle’s lateral acceleration by 10% to additionally increase its cornering speed.
Engineers have guaranteed more direct contact with the road surface by making the connection between chassis, suspension and body 130% firmer at the front and 77% firmer at the rear, Bugatti said.
There’s generous amount of Alcantara inside to save weight. All trim and controls are made of either black, anodised aluminium or titanium. Contrasting cross-stitching adds colour highlights, as do the steering wheel’s 12 o’clock marking and the blue centre spine.
The 8.0-litre W16 engine delivers the same 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque. However, the maximum engine speed is up by 200 rpm to 6,900 rpm. In addition, the gearbox features 15% closer ratios. As a result, the Chiron Pur Sport is claimed to accelerate from 60 to 120 km/h almost 2 seconds faster than the standard Chiron. All in all, the elasticity values are 40% better compared with the Chiron, Bugatti said.
We were forced to reduce the speed as a result of the vastly increased downforce, generated by the new rear spoiler. – Schwalbe
80% of the transmission has been revised while the entire gear set including four shafts and 7 forward gears has been adapted to the new conditions, Bugatti said.
We reconfigured each gear and calibrated new ratios despite this iconic engine boasting an abundance of power. The gears are closer together now to enable shorter gear jumps and also benefit performance. Most of all when coming out of corners the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates even more aggressively in conjunction with the added grip as well as the more direct chassis and suspension. – Gregor Gries, Head of Major Assemblies at Bugatti
Production of the Chiron Pur Sport will start in the second half of 2020. Limited to 60 units, each will carry a price tag of €3 million excluding VAT.
Bugatti also said that the first Divo cars will be delivered this year.
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