Earlier this year, Bugatti once again broke the record for the fastest road car. Andy Wallace took a modified Chiron past 300mph (482km/h) to a record 304.77mph (490.48km/h) at the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. To celebrate, Bugatti is producing 30 versions of the monumental prototype, fittingly called the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.
The Super Sport 300+ isn’t identical to the prototype but it’s damn near close. A passenger seat has returned to the Chiron’s cabin in place of the prototype’s GPS and timing equipment. The roll cage is also gone, while the ride height has been returned to normal and the wheels are different.
Otherwise, this beast is virtually identical to the prototype and it’s good to go for a sprint to 300mph. Well, not quite – Bugatti said it will have a speed limiter. President Stephan Winkelmann told Motor1.com the Super Sport 300+ will be limited to 273mph (440km/h).
The production model has the same extended tail designed by Dallara, adding 25cm to the overall length of the Chiron to aid aerodynamics. There are also stacked quad exhausts, like on the related Centodieci.
The Super Sport 300+ is also finished in the same exposed carbon-fibre with lurid orange stripes. If it’s all too extra for you, Bugatti will allow you to customise your car as you would any other Chiron.
Top Gear has reported Bugatti may give buyers the option of specifying a roll-cage and removing the speed limiter, as well as potentially giving buyers the opportunity to take their Chirons to Ehra-Lessien to follow in Andy Wallace’s tire tracks. That's an option worth shelling out for – you're already spending €3.5 million on a car that can hit 300mph, why not verify it yourself?
The Super Sport 300+ uses a 1177kW version of Bugatti’s quad-turbocharged W16 engine, up from the 1103kW output of the 'regular' Chiron.
Bugatti previously set the record for fastest road car in 2005 with the Veyron EB 16.4 (408.47km/h) and in 2010 with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (431.072km/h).
With this year’s run in the Chiron, it's pipped the most recent 447.19km/h record set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Speed record formalists, however, will be quick to point out Andy Wallace didn’t drive the Chiron back in the other direction, so Koenigsegg technically still holds the record. The run was independently verified, however, by the German Technical Inspection Association (TÜV).
For now, Bugatti’s content to leave records as they are. President Stephan Winkelmann said: “We have shown several times we make the fastest cars in the world. In the future we will focus on other areas”.