Bugatti Chiron

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Bugatti Chiron
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Overview
ManufacturerBugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
Production
  • 2016–present (Limited to 500)
  • 2018–present (Chiron Sport)
AssemblyFrance: Molsheim
Designer
  • Achim Anscheidt (Head of Design)[1]
  • Sasha Selipanov
  • Etienne Salome
  • Frank Heyl
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutMid-engine, all-wheel-drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine8.0 L (488 cu in) quad-turbocharged W16
Power output1,103 kW (1,500 PS; 1,479 hp)
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch[2]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,711 mm (106.7 in)
Length4,544 mm (178.9 in)[3]
Width2,038 mm (80.2 in)
Height1,212 mm (47.7 in)
Kerb weight
  • 1,996 kg (4,400 lb) (est)[4]
  • 1,978 kg (4,360 lb) (est) (Chiron Sport)[5]
Chronology
PredecessorBugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engine two-seater sports car developed and manufactured in Molsheim, France by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. as the successor to the Bugatti Veyron.[6] The Chiron was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March 2016.[7][8] The car is based on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car.

The car is named after the Monegasque driver Louis Chiron.[9] The car shares the name with the 1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept car.

Specifications and performance[edit]

Rear 3/4 view
The quad-turbocharged W16 engine of the Chiron with attached dual-clutch transmission

The main carry over component from the Veyron is the 7,993 cc (8.0 L) quad-turbocharged W16 engine, though it is heavily updated. The engine in the Chiron has a peak power output of 1,103 kW (1,500 PS; 1,479 hp) at 6,700 rpm and 1,600 N⋅m (1,180 lb⋅ft) of torque starting from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. The engine in the most powerful variant of its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sport generates 220 kW (299 PS; 295 bhp) less than the new Chiron, while the engine in the original Veyron generates 367 kW (499 PS; 492 hp) less power.[10][11]

Like its predecessor, the Veyron, the Chiron utilises a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension and a Haldex All-wheel drive system.[12][13][14] The carbon fibre body has a stiffness of 50,000 Nm per degree.[15]

The Chiron can accelerate from 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.4 seconds according to the manufacturer,[4] 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.5 seconds and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 13.6 seconds. In a world-record-setting test, the Chiron reached 400 km/h (249 mph) in 32.6 seconds, after which it needed 9.4 seconds to brake to standstill.[16]

The Chiron's top speed is electronically limited to 420 km/h (261 mph), or 375–380 km/h (233–236 mph) without the specific key, for safety reasons, mainly arising from the tyres as the manufacturer concluded that no tyre currently manufactured would be able to handle the stress at the top speed the Chiron is capable of achieving.[2][17] The Chiron's top speed without limiter is speculated to be 465 km/h (289 mph) although the company CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the company is not interested in a top speed run.[18] Independent testing by an owner has indicated that the Chiron can easily attain its limited top speed.[19]

Sales[edit]

The first 200 cars were sold before the first delivery of the car.[20] The base price is €2,400,000[21][20] and buyers were required to place a €200,000 deposit before their purchase.[20]

Variants[edit]

Chiron Sport[edit]

Bugatti Chiron Sport at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti unveiled the track focused iteration of the Chiron dubbed the Chiron Sport. Mechanically, the car is identical to its regular counterpart generating 1,500 PS (1,479 hp; 1,103 kW) from a quad-turbocharged W16 engine but is 18 kg (40 lb) lighter due to the extensive use of carbon fibre and utilises a stiffer suspension in order to increase the cornering ability of the car while maintaining its grand touring characteristics. The steering wheel of the car has also received modifications along with the introduction of a torque vectoring system to control the power sent to each wheel of the car for improved handling in tight corners. Aerodynamic improvements and light weight have been given special consideration in order to keep the car competitive on the race track. The Chiron Sport became available in late 2018 for an additional US$400,000 on the standard Chiron.[22][5]

110 Ans Bugatti[edit]

The 110 Ans Bugatti at the Geneva Motor Show. Note the colours of the French flag on the underside of the rear wing

Introduced in February 2019, the 110 Ans Bugatti is a limited edition variant of the Chiron Sport developed to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti. The car features carbon fibre body work finished in matte Steel Blue exterior colour. The body is also accented with Steel Blue bare carbon fibre. The exhaust system of the car is finished in matte black colour.

The colours of the French flag are present on the wing mirrors, fuel filler cap and on the underside of the rear wing. The brake callipers are finished in blue colour.

The interior of the car is upholstered in blue Alcantara and has the colours of the French flag present on the headrests of the seats, on the back of the seats and on top of the steering wheel. Production will be limited to 20 units.[23][24]

One-offs[edit]

Bugatti La Voiture Noire[edit]

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire at the Geneva Motor Show. Note the six exhaust pipes at the rear of the car and the illuminated Bugatti lettering

The La Voiture Noire is a one-off special introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Chiron, the design of the car harkens back to the Type 57 SC Atlantic and is a celebration of the company's distinctive design history. The car has a hand-built body made from carbon fibre designed by Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé which has an elongated nose (similar to that on the Divo) and an elongated rear section. Other notable features include unique wing mirrors, LED taillight strip and wheels. Unlike the original, the car retains the mid-engine layout.

A trim piece running from the front of the car to the rear spoiler recalls the dorsal fin present on the Type 57 SC. The car features a floating windscreen and has masked A pillars.

The La Voiture Noire will be powered by the same 8.0-litre quad turbocharged W16 engine from the Chiron having the same power output figures but the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the all-wheel-drive system are heavily revised in order to allow for a more relaxed driving experience. Softer dampers and a revised chassis contribute to the factor. The car features six exhaust pipes recalling the innovative design of the past.

Performance figures remain unknown but the company states that the car is likely to have a lower top speed and acceleration times as compared to the Chiron due to its Grand Touring nature. The car was sold for a price of €11 million, making it one of the most expensive cars built to date.[25][26]

A statement made later by the company confirmed that the car on display was a concept car and that the final product would take two and a half years more to complete. The show car had electric motors instead of an engine in order for easy maneuverability.[27][28]

Records[edit]

The Bugatti Chiron record car on display at the 2017 IAA show. Note that the number 42 on the grille signifies the overall rounded off time of the 0-400-0 acceleration and braking record

At the 2017 IAA show in Frankfurt, Bugatti announced that the Chiron broke the record of fastest 0–400–0 km/h (0–249–0 mph) acceleration time, completing it in 41.96 seconds in a span of 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) at the Ehra-Lessien high-speed oval. The car was driven by Colombian racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya.[29][30][31]

Bugatti also added an extra livery to the Chiron on display to confirm that it was the same car that broke the 0–400–0 km/h record.[32] During the show, Bugatti also mentioned that during the run, the car accelerated from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.4 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.1 seconds, 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 13.1 seconds, and 0–400 km/h (0–248.5 mph) in 32.6 seconds, which altogether, also makes the Chiron faster than its predecessor, the Veyron.[32]

Marketing[edit]

The Chiron was recreated in LEGO as 2018’s annual Technic sports car. It was originally going to be released on August 1, 2018, but it was pushed to June 1, 2018. It is a 1:8 scale model with 3,600 individual parts.[33]

On 30 August 2018, LEGO unveiled a working life-size 1:1 scale model of the Chiron. It was constructed almost entirely with LEGO Technic elements (339 unique types, over 1,000,000 pieces in total) with exceptions for the Bugatti badge, the wheels, a steel frame, a steel roll cage, a steel drive chain and the seat belts. The engine was created from 2,304 LEGO Power Function motors found in standard models; it was estimated to produce 4 kW (5.4 PS; 5.4 hp) and 92 N⋅m (68 lb⋅ft) of torque. The car was test driven by Andy Wallace, Bugatti's official test driver, at Volkswagen's Ehra Lessien test track.[34][35]

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron
Full size Lego Chiron at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

See also[edit]

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