Modified Bugatti Chiron hits 490km/h mark

Bugatti Chiron breaks the 300 MPH barrier (Video)

This record was recorded on 2nd August and Chiron Prototype achieved a top speed of 304.773 miles per hour that was verified by Germany's TUV.

"It's inconceivable that a auto would be capable of this", Wallace says. "But the Chiron was well prepared, and I felt very safe - even in these high speed ranges", Andy Wallace said.

According to Bugatti, its remote telemetry couldn't keep up with the Chiron's record run. "The whole team did a fantastic job".

Watch BUGATTI chief pilot Andy Wallace's World Record run!

Top Gear can exclusively reveal that Bugatti has smashed through the 300mph barrier.

It appears to use the same 12-cylinder engine as the "normal" Chiron which sends 1119kW and 1600Nm to all four wheels.

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Impressive as the engineering that enabled this record is, a few words are probably due to the man who drove the Chiron into an unknown realm. But a limited-edition Bugatti Centodieci unveiled in August is priced from €8m ($13m) plus taxes which would push it to $20 million in Australia, suggesting the new vehicle will command a hefty fee.

Whereas a lot of manufacturers - together with Hennessey, SSC and Koenigsegg themselves - had beforehand claimed their newest machines are able to breaching 300mph, the prototype Chiron - a modified model of the £2.5million hypercar - is the primary to register the landmark velocity formally. However, don't be surprised if a special edition Chiron similar to the Veyron Super Sport is released in the future. Bugatti is owned by the Volkswagen Group, which also owns Lamborghini and Bentley. Bugatti had secretly been working on it for over six months with Michelin and Dallara to create this new version of Chiron.

Bugatti swept the Ehra-Lessien test track and X-rayed the car's tyres before the run.

Bugatti's President, Stephen Winkelmann in an interview to Top Gear said that it will be last record chased by the company.

"Our hyper sports cars are capable of more", he says.

While other auto makers will now be scrambling to try and catch up Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann has said that it won't be defending its title, content to know Bugatti was the first to breach 300mph and will be remembered for that.

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