Bugatti Chiron will do 0-249mph and back to zero in 42 seconds

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The Bugatti Chiron's predecessor, the Veyron Super Sport, still holds the record as the world's fastest production car. Eventually, Bugatti expects the Chiron to take the record, but in the meantime, it's shown off the performance capabilities of the new car with a short video.

The footage shows a staggering feat of acceleration, as the Chiron shoots off from a standstill to 249mph in just 32.6 seconds. For reference, that's about the same time a Mazda MX-5 takes to accelerate to 100mph. Behind the wheel for this speed test was F1 and IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya.


The camera car is unable to keep up for the whole run, and tails off as the Chiron reaches its top speed. Off camera, once the Bugatti hits the 249mph target, the driver slams on the brakes, coming to a standstill in just 9.3 seconds thanks to carbon-ceramic brake discs and a massive air brake at the rear.

Bugatti claims this isn't the end, however. It said in a statement: "The 0-249-0 manoeuvre is the first step on the way to a new world speed record for production vehicles which Bugatti intends to set in 2018 and a further highlight in the success story of the Chiron, which made its world debut last year."