How does the company that produced the world’s fastest supercar continue to innovate and create a successor to the record-shattering Veyron? After nearly a decade of production, Bugatti had learned innumerable lessons from continuous testing, customer experience, and advances in technology that they would incorporate into its successor.
The result was the Chiron, named after the Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron. It was revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The headlining feature was of course its top speed, albeit limited to 261 mph. This was a tad slower than the Veyron Super Sport, but then Bugatti limited the Chiron’s top speed due to the limits of its tyres. Remove the limiter, and the Chiron would likely reach 285 mph.
Like the Veyron, at the Chiron’s heart is the 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine, though a vast majority of its components are new. A brand-new carbon monocoque chassis was produced using carbon fibre with intertwined aluminium, giving it a rigidity comparable to that of a LMP1 race car.
RM Sotheby's will be offering this example, the first to be imported to the US, at their upcoming New York Icons auction on the 6th December. The estimated value is between $3,500,000 - $4,000,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Patrick Ernzen ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.