11 crazy facts about Bugatti Chiron
304,773 miles/hour, equivalent to 490,484 km/h is the number recorded by a GPS box placed in Chiron, becoming the first supercar to surpass the 300 miles/hour mark. The maximum speed of the supercar is 3 times the maximum speed of the Suzuki Jimny.
The process of testing Bugatti Chiron has been prepared for a long time, step by step to test the acceleration and grip of the car. Speed is pushed up from 186 miles per hour, and in a weather-backed day, driver Andy Wallace worked well and hit an unbelievable record.
Chiron moves 136 meters per second, equivalent to 1.6 km in 11.8 seconds and 8.2 km per minute. The maximum speed was recorded on a straight line 8.64 km long. However, before that, Andy Wallace, the test rider, had to coordinate the speed very reasonable, about 192 km / h in the bends before and after the road to ensure safety.
Andy Wallace tried to exit the curve at about 200 km/h, then accelerated to full speed to take advantage of the straight line. This is not an easy challenge.
Andy Wallace was also the driver of the McLaren F1 in Ehra in 1998. This time, he controlled the Chiron almost 100 km / h faster than the once-famous supercar.
1,578 horsepower is the engine power of the Bugatti Chiron. The 8.0L engine was perfectly matched with the new gearbox by Bugatti engineers and nicknamed "Thor" with all-wheel drive and navigation.
The Bugatti Chiron is tested on a test road 50 m above sea level. This condition is different from the test track in Nevada, where Koenigsegg was tested. Due to the higher air density, the vehicle is subjected to stronger forces. Air density and temperature are important for each test, and the results may vary by up to 25 km/h depending on the test line-height.
The car has been changed the aerodynamic design at the front, rear and side of the car to reduce drag. The rear wing and the natural brake on the car have been removed, replaced with a static unit that is recessed into the body.
The tire set used in the test is the Michelin Sport Cup 2, which has been reinforced with stronger metal threads. This set of tires has been tested on the machine at a speed of more than 507 km/h in the United States, with each tire x-rayed to identify any smallest problems. In the test, every minute the tire spins to 4,100 turns, not unlike the highest-class F1 tires.
Reducing weight, increasing engine power is a seemingly simple formula for a supercar to reach faster speeds, but not entirely true. At speeds above 450 km/h, a lot of changes need to be made to make the car even faster. The conventional steering system is configured at a maximum of 416 km/h. With just a slight mistake, the car may not be able to stop or topple at a terrible speed.
It has been 98 years since Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive a car at a speed of more than 482 km/h. It was a supercharged 36.7L V12 Rolls-Royce engine. Modern technology has helped Chiron become one of the legends with the 8.0L W16 engine.
By: Roxana Edwards