In 2005, Bugatti won the public's attention when the Veyron broke the boundaries of what was considered possible for a production car. Creating a worthy successor that would one-up the remarkable Veyron and live up to the hype was no easy task, but the Chiron was somehow still able to exceed all expectations. Priced at $2.4 million and delivering a mind-numbing 1500 horsepower, this is the hypercar for the most courageous and ambitious automotive enthusiasts.
However, there is much more to the Chiron than meets the eye. The car is an engineering marvel, showcasing with its every feature just how far the automotive industry has come. So, in this list, we will bring you closer to this impressive hypercar by showcasing exactly what it is that makes this car so special. These are the 10 things you didn't know about the Bugatti Chiron.
10 It's named after legendary Bugatti driver Louis Chiron
Like its record-breaking predecessor, the newest and most talked-about hypercar is named after a legendary Bugatti race driver: Luis Chiron. With a career spanning over 30 years, Chiron was one of the most iconic and successful race car drivers of the early 20th century. He even holds the title for the oldest driver to race a Formula One, at 56.
Chiron had had one of the richest driving careers of all races, having won literally dozens of Grad Prix races, including German, Spanish, Rome, and four French Grand Prix wins.Today, his name decorates the fastest and most astonishing hypercar ever produced.
9 it's fitted with the biggest clutch in any production car
What kind of clutch would be able to take the pounding of the world's most powerful production car that is also fully gas-powered? The short answer is none. So, in order to be able to unleash beastly 1500-hp W16 engine sending 1180 lb-ft of twist to all four wheels, Bugatti had to create a custom clutch to be fitted into the new Chiron.
For this reason, the Chiron's state-of-the art dual-clutch seven-speed transmission packs the largest clutch ever fitted into a production car. By the way, the Chiron's engine is incredibly heavy, weighing in at almost 1000 lbs by itself.
8 It's able to create extra downforce by using its exhaust pipes
The Chiron cuts corners wherever it's possible with brilliant and innovative engineering and design architecture. For example, one feature allows it to create downforce using its exhaust pipes. How exactly would that work? The answer lies in the fact that not all of Chiron's exhaust pipes are visible and traditionally situated at the back.
Although it would appear the car has only four exhaust pipes, it actually has six, with the last two being situated underneath the car, expelling air downwards on both sides of the car, similarly to what Formula One vehicles do with their blown diffusers.
7 It requires incredible amounts of cooling
Carrying one of the biggest and definitely one of the most powerful engines ever fitted onto a production car, the Chiron understandably develops incredible amounts of heat. For this reason, it's been equipped with a ridiculous amount of radiators to keep things nice and cool. Whereas its hypercar competitors like Koenigegg doesn't require more than a few radiators, the Chiron uses exactly 10!
Flowing through them is a combined 37 liters or almost 10 gallons of water, while the pump circulates an incredible 70 gallons (267 liters) every second.
6 Its exhaust system is out of this world
Another fascinating piece of engineering inside the Chiron is it's special exhaust system which features not one, not two, but SIX catalytic converters. Considering how much fuel the Chiron's massive 8.0L, 16 cylinder engine burns up, the car requires ridiculous amounts of catalysts to purify the exhaust fumes coming out.
Taking all of Chiron's six catalytic onverters and spreading them out would reveal a mind-boggling total surface area of 230,266 square meters (2,478,562.6 square feet). In other words, inside the Chiron's exhaust system is enough catalytic converter surface area to cover 32 average football fields.
5 It requires 60,000 liters of oxygen every minute.
Inside the Chiron is a massive W16 engine with 32 injectors with a total capacity of 8.0L. But that's not all: the engine has not one, not two, but four turbochargers breathing additional air into the engine for maximum performance.
This makes the Chiron incredibly air-craving, sucking in an incredible 60,000 liters of oxygen every minute, or 1,000 liters every second. Compare that to a human, who uses up about 550 liters of oxygen per day, and a simple calculation will reveal that a fully-revved Chiron breathes with the ferocity of 157,000 men.
4 It takes six months to build
In a record-breaking hypercar such as the Chiron, the margin for error is virtually non-existent. Considering this, the company's Molsheim factory takes its time with each vehicle, to make sure it's up to the highest standard. The time between the beginning of production and the final delivery of a Chiron to a happy customer is about six months, since the hypercars are assembled entirely by hand from as many as 1800 individual parts.
After it's assembled, the car takes three weeks to paint and going through rigorous testing: it's even submitted to a simulated monsoon to check for any possible water leakages.
3 There might be a new model capable of exceeding 310 mph
The car's current estimated top speed of 261 mph is impressive enough. However, in a recent interview in Automobile Magazine, the Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann stated that the company is considering and would be willing to produce a Chiron that would be able to reach an as-of-yet unattainable top speed of 310 mph.
That would make it by far the fastest production car to ever touch the asphalt, and seriously give competitors like Koenigsegg or Hennesey a run for their money.
2 Its design elements purposely mirror Ettore Bugatti's signature
We love the design distinguishable design elements that carry over from each Bugatti model to the next, namely the horseshoe-shaped front grille and the aesthetic oval design on that perfectly houses the models' side vents. The latter is especially beautiful and accentuated in the new Chiron. But, did you know that this shape is based on the very signature of the company's founder, Ettore Bugatti.
The same design element is implemented inside the Chiron's cabin too, with its C-shaped aluminium light that starts off at the top of the windshield and continues all around the cabin, finishing at the hand rest. This is, by the way, the longest light conductor to be featured in any car.
1 It uses no hybrid technology to achieve record-breaking performance
As electric-powered cars don't have to route their power through a transmission, no portion of the power is lost, and it is used to directly move the wheels - resulting in incredible torque numbers, and, by extension, incredible acceleration. Combine this with the environmental and sustainability benefits, and it is no wonder why recent trends have shifted towards hybrid-powered hypercars.
In spite of this, the new record-breaking Bugatti remains a traditional, gas-powered hypercar, to the content of many automotive enthusiasts. The Chiron is the pride of traditional gas-powered automobiles, and one of the very few modern hypercars that does not rely on hybrid technology to achieve mind-numbing performance. Yet it does just that, and it does it better than any other car on the market, which is incredible in and of itself.