The Bugatti Chiron has become the fastest car to achieve a 0-249mph (0-400-0 km/h) dash and back to standstill in just 41.96 seconds.
At the wheel was Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, two-time winner of the Indy 500 and three-time winner of the Daytona 24 Hours. In all the feat took less than two miles from start to finish.
Montaya accepted the invitation to attempt the record without any hesitation. “My first thought was that I would do anything Bugatti wanted in order to drive this incredible car,” he said.
“When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is.
“But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.”
Montoya was thrilled with the acceleration and braking performance of the Chiron. “The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive… the car is just so stable and consistent.”
It’s thought the 1,479bhp Chiron, which is currently electronically limited to 261mph, will attempt to break overall 267.4mph speed record set by its predecessor – the Veyron Super Sport – in 2018.