Enthusiasts Black Magic: What Really Enables the Bugatti Chiron to Hit 260+ MPH

16:47  30 march  2017
16:47  30 march  2017 Source:   Motor Trend

Someone Already Put a Bugatti Chiron In a Ditch

  Someone Already Put a Bugatti Chiron In a Ditch It was only a matter of time.

To a Bugatti Chiron owner, though, tires are the only reason theirs is the fastest street-legal production car in the world. All worthless without tires capable of keeping the Chiron in touch with terra firma at 261 mph and beyond.

Chiron , the Bugatti Veyron’s long-anticipated successor to the throne of Bestest Car In The Whole World, is finally here. Even with its aenemic 1200 HP and glacial 240 mph top speed, you’d still think it would have what it takes to be a really competitive racecar.

To most car owners, they're round and black and wear out too soon. They're an expensive pain in the ass, replaced only when the tread wears thin enough to risk a ticket from a pedantic cop.

Bugatti built a luxury sport yacht to match its $2.6 million Chiron supercar

  Bugatti built a luxury sport yacht to match its $2.6 million Chiron supercar There's now a yacht to match your Bugatti Chiron supercar. Bugatti teamed up with yacht designer Palmer Johnson to create the Bugatti Niniette 66, a limited-edition sport yacht inspired by the Bugatti.Bugatti said potential buyers expressed interest after seeing the renderings, but asked for a closer connection to the Chiron that made its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It should come as no surprise that Bugatti owners were among the prospective buyers. Now Bugatti and Palmer Johnson have unveiled the results of their collaboration — a luxury sports yacht that doesn't skimp on power. Scroll down for a closer look.

The Bugatti Chiron is utterly extraordinary, and not just because it's faster and more powerful than the Bugatti Veyron. More in our First Drive review here. Both measures are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag, and they enable the Chiron to hit its speed-limited 261 mph .

The Bugatti Chiron . The new Bugatti Chiron , the successor to the original Veyron, has made its global debut on the eve of the Geneva motor show. It has a colossal 1479bhp, can reach 62 mph in less than 2.5sec despite weighing 1995kg, and has a maximum top speed of 261 mph .

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To a Bugatti Chiron owner, though, tires are the only reason theirs is the fastest street-legal production car in the world. Those 1,479 ponies? The trick aerodynamics? The carefully tuned suspension and steering and brakes? All worthless without tires capable of keeping the Chiron in touch with terra firma at 261 mph and beyond.

The specially developed Michelins hugging the Chiron's massive forged alloy wheels are arguably the car's singular technical achievement. They make the big Bugatti's raison d'tre a reality.

Just 15 years ago tire manufacturers scoffed when Bugatti engineers asked whether they could build a tire for the original Veyron. Impossible, they said. The Veyron was too fast, too heavy. No tire could cope with the physics, let alone be durable enough to be used on regular roads in all weather conditions. Only Michelin was brave enough to try. And even then its tire came with plenty of caveats.

Bugatti built a luxury sport yacht to match its $2.6 million Chiron supercar

  Bugatti built a luxury sport yacht to match its $2.6 million Chiron supercar There's now a yacht to match your Bugatti Chiron supercar. Bugatti teamed up with yacht designer Palmer Johnson to create the Bugatti Niniette 66, a limited-edition sport yacht inspired by the Bugatti.Bugatti said potential buyers expressed interest after seeing the renderings, but asked for a closer connection to the Chiron that made its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It should come as no surprise that Bugatti owners were among the prospective buyers. Now Bugatti and Palmer Johnson have unveiled the results of their collaboration — a luxury sports yacht that doesn't skimp on power. Scroll down for a closer look.

With 1,478 hp on tap, the Bugatti Veyron's replacement is fast, obviously. According to the video above, the Chiron can hit 200 mph in only 16.1 seconds. On a prepared track, that time will probably shrink because the car can accelerate without much wheelspin.

The Bugatti Chiron is utterly extraordinary, and not just because it's faster and more powerful than No Preference Black Blue Brown Gold Green Orange Red Silver White Yellow. Both measures are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag, and they enable the Chiron to hit its speed-limited 261 mph .

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Each Veyron tire took an hour to build by hand, a set of four cost $42,000, and they lasted maybe 6,000 miles. At 253 mph, they'd last a maximum of 15 minutes before the heat and enormous centrifugal forces would simply tear them apart. Fortunately, the Veyron would run out of gas in less than 10 minutes at that velocity. To guarantee the integrity of the bead seal, Michelin would only allow two sets of tires to be fitted to a Veyron rim before the rim had to be scrapped. A set of replacement rims cost a cool $69,000, which made fitting that third set of tires a $111,000 proposition.

Michelin learned a lot from the Veyron experience. During the Chiron development program, Bugatti engineers made 18 trips to Michelin's R & D center in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Michelin used an aircraft-tire testing rig during the process because this was the only piece of equipment that could spin a prototype tire fast enough to replicate the huge loads expected at V-max.

2018 Bugatti Chiron First Drive Review: The Benchmark

  2018 Bugatti Chiron First Drive Review: The Benchmark The Benchmark

According to CarThrottle, the Bugatti Chiron Hybrid could produce more than 1500 hp and reach an unreal top speed of 286 mph . Stay tuned! Bugatti Vision GT previews the Veyron successor, Bugatti Chiron .

Finally, here is our Bugatti Chiron review. It's the car we’ve been waiting for, aching for, yearning to arrive, and it's finally here. With 1479bhp (1500hp)

The Chiron tires--285/30R20 for the front and 355/25R21 for the rear--deliver increases in contact patches of 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively, compared with those on the Veyron. They can handle almost 3,700 lb-ft of torque where the rubber meets the road, and most important, they can endure 3,800 times the force of gravity at 261 mph without exploding, all while delivering good ride quality and good grip regardless of the weather.

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The new tires are also easier to fit than those used on the Veyron. Michelin has dispensed with the complex PAX run-flat system, which also required special and expensive asymmetric rims. Bugatti won't give details yet, but it says the new tires allow lower operating expenses. Apparently even gazillionaires hate paying for tires.

After his record-breaking 268-mph run in the 1,200-hp Veyron Super Sport at Ehra-Lessien in July 2010, Bugatti test driver and former F1 racer Pierre-Henri Raphanel said the only thing preventing the Veyron from going beyond 270 mph was its tire technology. Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Drheimer promises the more powerful Chiron will easily blow by the mark set by the Super Sport and become the fastest production car in history.

Does that mean 270 mph? 275? 280? We'll see this summer. Whatever the final number, Bugatti now has the tires to make it happen.

Floyd Mayweather's 2 Bugatti Veyrons Are For Sale...For $6.4 Million .
<p>Get your checkbook ready.</p>An arriviste of epic proportions, Floyd Mayweather has amassed a collection of exotic cars that is anything but subtle. With Koenigseggs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bugattis-many of which have "Money Mayweather" tackily emblazoned on them-the collection is no doubt impressive. But in order to make room for new, the old must go-and in this case, that means the champ is selling two Bugatti Veyrons: a 2011 Grand Sport and a 2015 Grand Sport Vitesse, both of which have been driven only around 1,000 miles each.

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