Watch the almighty Bugatti Chiron take on a ludicrous sleeper Audi S4 in a drag race.
Without knowing anything about the Audi, it’d be easy to assume the Bugatti would crush the little upstart sedan. The Chiron has an 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 that puts out 1,479 hp and can move from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Those are numbers that would make any hypercar proud and make any production family sedan quake in their boots.
But this is no ordinary Audi S4. This particular second-generation S4 has been modded by German tuning house Hannover Hardcore into the perfect sleeper car.
What’s a sleeper car? It’s a modded car that looks perfectly ordinary on the outside, but on the inside, it can be completely unrecognizable.
We’re not 100% certain what was done to this S4 to give it a claimed 1,300 hp. We can tell there’s a new, larger exhaust, there are a set of fancy new rims, and we can hear the telltale whine of a supercharger when it really gets in gear, but we’re just guessing at what might have been done to it.
However, we did find this old article on Engine Swap Depot on a Hannover Hardcore S4 that was modded to produce over 1,000 hp, and it certainly looks like the same car. According to the article, the stock 2.6-L twin-turbo engine was bored out to become 3.0-L and then given strengthened internals, E85 fuel, and "2.4-2.5 bar (34.8-36.2 psi) of boost."
That boost could very well be the supercharger we hear in the videos.
While the Bugatti still has a good 200 hp advantage, the Audi is almost certainly lighter. On paper, this could be a good race.
In reality, not so much. Germans do drag races a little differently, with the idea being to start off the line and get to 50 kph (31 mph) and then book it once they reach the second starting line and get as fast as they can before reaching the finish line 1 km away (about 0.6 miles). We have finishing speeds, not times, but in both races you can see the Bugatti just walks away from the Audi.
A few dudes in a garage just can’t compare to billions of dollars and a team of engineers at Bugatti. But hey, there’s always next time.