It’s 41.96 seconds to be more accurate and the Bugatti Chiron had Juan Pablo Montoya at the wheel when it pulled off the world record feat.
You take the world’s best hypercar, shove in a formidable racing driver into it and cut them loose on a stretch of road with a seemingly impossible task of setting a world record. Something fascinating is supposed to come out of that blender and it has. The combination of Bugatti Chiron, Juan Pablo Montoya and a straight stretch of tarmac has created a new world record for 0-249-0 mph in 41.96 seconds.
A number which Bugatti prefers to round off to 42, as that looks cool when painted on the horseshoe grille of the car which has been displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Coming to the record-breaking run, the Bugatti Chiron completed the ordeal in a mere 1.9-mile distance. That’s the length of road taken by the mighty hypercar to start from naught, register the 249 mph speed, slam the brakes hard and come to a standstill again. The Bugatti Chiron reached 249 mph from 0 in 32.6 seconds and covered 1.6 miles in the process. Once the brakes were applied the car came to a halt in 9.3 seconds and 491 meters.
Unlike usual speed runs intended for clinching world records, the driver chose to get on with his job of pushing the car to the limits without wearing safety gear like helmet, racing suit and HAN support device. Apparently, Montoya felt safe and secure in the hypercar and preferred to take on the challenge in casual wear.
Stepping on the brakes at 249 mph subjected 2 g of force on the car and the driver. Montoya must be relieved to have his eyeballs where they should be.
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Juan Pablo Montoya also got the chance to revise his personal top speed record of 253 mph to a new number of 261 mph during the two days that he spent with the Bugatti Chiron. As the Top Speed Key of the Chiron unlocks the Top Speed mode, thereby letting it go faster than 236 mph, Montoya got to draw the best numbers out of it during the test. In fact, he took the Chiron past the 249 mph mark, 17 times during the weekend.
Supervised and officially certified by SGS-TÜV Saar using V-Box 3i GPS-based measurement system, the Chiron turned out to be faster than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. And with Bugatti planning to break the 2010 speed record of 267.8 mph next year, this record run serves as a warm-up before that epic event.
We have a question for Bugatti though. The video of the world record run is impressive to watch. But we are still curious to know how the footage was filmed. Was the camera bolted on to another Chiron? Or a Veyron, perhaps? Because to keep up with this high-performance super sports car, you’ll need one hell of a fast and furious camera vehicle.