Bugatti President Stephan Winkelman says that the French hypercar maker is done chasing top speed records.
On August 2nd, Bugatti made history by being the first car manufacturer to create a production vehicle that will travel faster than 300 mph. Getting there took tuning the Chiron’s 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 engine to produce 1,578 and several other aerodynamic refinements including a lower ride height and a smaller cross-section rear spoiler.
At the Ehra-Lessien test track, driver Andy Wallance achieved a top speed of 304.77 mph.
It was incredible to see what Bugatti could do after finally taking the limiter off the Chiron. Now, however, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelman is once again saying that Bugatti will not focus its efforts on top speed and instead will look into other areas of automotive performance.
"Automotive enthusiasts from all around the world have been waiting for this moment, they have been encouraging us, and we heard you loud and clear. So this world record is for all of you,” said Winkelman in a video statement.
"However, ladies and gentlemen, this was the very last time for us. From now on, our minds and our focus will stay on different projects."
This isn't the first time Winkelman has tried to dissuade people from associating Bugatti with extreme speed. All throughout 2018, the Bugatti President seemed to be fending off demands for a top speed run in the Chiron, eventually stating in December that the car would never be pushed past its limited top speed of 261 mph.
However, with the most recent surprise announcement of a Chiron that did exactly that, it's a little hard to take Winkelman at face value. One suspects that Bugatti will ignore top speed runs from other carmakers for a time, but then once again surprise the world with an unexpectedly fast hypercar.
But for now, Bugatti will bask in their own glory, once again the fastest carmaker on Earth. For now, at least. We still haven’t seen what the Koenigsegg Jesko can do.