Just like the Veyron before it, the Chiron isn’t just sheer power. Back in 2003, the Veyron reached 253 mph (407 km/h), but it didn’t do it solely thanks to the 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16. In reality, the car could “only” do around
239 mph (385 km/h), which is why the engineers fine-tuned the adaptive suspension and active aerodynamics of the Veyron.
In a similar manner, the engineers are tweaking the Chiron SuperSport’s damping, aerodynamics, and mechanics of the car in order to make 273 mph (440 km/h) as accessible as possible before deliveries of the hand-assembled French hypercar start in August 2021.
In addition, 100 sensors have been added, which would measure temperature and pressure under all driving conditions. The final touches of the Chiron SS involve high-speed testing at 380 and then up to 440 km/h. The goal is to make the mid-engine Behemoth as safe and as predictable as possible while driving at speeds of 400 km/h and above.
In order for this to happen a variety of technical modifications and optimizations are being made. After the aforementioned high-speed sessions, up to six engineers compare and analyze data in order to determine the perfect setup.
“Our engineers are from a wide variety of specialist backgrounds, enabling them to comprehensively verify our assessments, ensuring the best possible result and therefore maximum performance for the future owners while ensuring there is maximum testing safety,” Head of Bugatti’s chassis development, Jachin Schwalbe says.
With all the effort that goes into refining the Chiron SuperSport, we expect this to be the most manageable 1,578 horsepower of any hypercar, powered by an internal combustion engine.
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