The 3.2 million euros Chiron Super Sport joins the ranks of some well-known Bugatti forefathers. In 1931, Bugatti debuted the Type 55 Super Sport at the Paris Motor Show. The grand tourer blended racing car technology with the comfort of a smart two-seater.
The 2.3-liter eight-cylinder engine produced up to 160 HP and pushed the Type 55 Super Sport to over 180 km/h with the assistance of a mechanical compressor back then. The young and talented Jean Bugatti created several bodywork variants. Only 38 cars were manufactured until 1935.
In search of greater speed
Bugatti redesigned the chassis and innovative aerodynamics to improve the already mind-blowing speed, especially for the Chiron Super Sport. The steering system and dampers produce a more solid connection to the car, resulting in tighter steering for smoother steering motions.
Stiffer springs support the entire car at high speeds, and the engineers retuned the electrically controlled chassis as well. It adjusts the settings in real-time in six milliseconds and responds to the driver’s behavior. Also, there are four driving modes to choose from. Those are EB, Handling, Autobahn, and Top Speed.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires optimized for peak speed provide higher stiffness and smoothness than grip-oriented tires fitted to the Chiron Pur Sport. Furthermore, these are the only tires capable of constantly reaching speeds of up to 500 km/h. Just wondering how quickly it would run out of rubber at that pace.
The new Chiron Super Sport marks the rebirth of Bugatti’s design motto, where form follows performance. Every centimeter (or inch) of its skin, from the front splitter to the back diffuser, is built for maximum speed. That’s why Bugatti cars are so unique!
The company also states that a vehicle must provide adequate downforce at speeds in excess of 420 km/h while minimizing drag.
To improve aerodynamic performance, the rear has been extended by around 250 mm to keep the airflow as close to the bodywork as feasible. Bugatti designers also increased the cross-section of the diffuser, raising the diffuser’s trailing edge and lowering the rear trailing surface by 44 percent.
As a result, the slipstream and wind resistance were reduced by a great margin. The back now has better proportions, is broader and lower-slung. These are some excellent advantages of these technological changes. The lengthy tail aids in keeping the laminar air flow as linked to the body as feasible.
Then there are some bits that may remind you of Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport. The nine air outlet holes on each fender serve more than simply as a tribute to the predecessor. They also help relieve air pressure from the front tire wells, resulting in reduced downforce at the front axle. Additional outlets behind the front tire arches aid in balancing the aerodynamic loads as well.
New aluminum wheels with five Y-spokes are only available for the Chiron Super Sport for even more exclusivity. These new Super Sport wheels are also available in diamond-cut. The famous magnesium wheels of the Chiron Pur Sport, which further reduce the weight of the unsprung mass, are also available as an option.
Faster than ever before
Bugatti upgraded the 8.0-liter W16 engine for the Chiron Super Sport, increasing its power by 100 HP to 1600 HP. Simultaneously, the vehicle’s weight was decreased by further 23 kg. The engineers have modified the turbochargers, oil pump, cylinder head with valvetrain, transmission, and clutch.
The engine’s highest available speed was raised by 300 rpm to up to 7100 rpm, resulting in a considerably improved powerband. Instead of 1600 Nm available at 6000 rpm, the maximum torque is now accessible between 2000 and 7000 rpm.
The seven-gear dual-clutch gearbox under full load transfers from sixth to seventh gear at 403 km/h, thanks to the greater performance provided by bigger turbochargers with more efficient compressor wheels.
The Chiron Super Sport accelerates from 0 to 200 km/h in 5.8 seconds and from 0 kilometers per hour to 300 km/h in 12.1 seconds. It doesn’t stop there: the speedometer shows 400 km/h 7 percent faster than in the conventional Chiron. The seventh gear ratio is 3.6 percent longer over the standard model.
The last hurrah?
Following the demonstration of a new era hypercar by Rimac, it appears that Bugatti’s latest innovation is an opportunity to bid a graceful goodbye to petrol-powered engines.
After a few years, we will see a new generation of electric hypercars with mind-blowing acceleration and never-before-seen innovations. But the biggest question here is will it be enough to wow enthusiasts across the world?
Electric cars are insanely quick in acceleration, but current batteries can’t provide long and exceptionally fast hauls on motorways yet. Is this the end of a fire-breathing Bugattis? Time will certainly tell that.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is made for pure speed. Only a few would dare to test its limits as 0-100 km/h doesn't even make sense here.
- What's cool: This frightening beast will leave the mark in automotive history as one of the fastest petrol cars ever made.
- What's wrong: The only downside is that this can be the last top-speed gasoline machine from Bugatti.