To say that the Bugatti Chiron packs a lot of performance is definitely an understatement. The sheer amount of engineering that went into the hypercar for it to still feel stable at extremely high speeds no one ever imagined a car to do is a feat in itself. The Chiron also has a very high top speed, and it even was the fastest car in the world when it debuted.
A Czech millionaire, however, who goes by the name of Radim Passer, thought it was a good idea to test its top speed on a public highway, at an unrestricted section of the German Autobahn, of course. Two videos were published recently, one containing unedited raw footage of the Chiron hitting 417 kph–which is just 3 km/h shy of its electronically-limited top speed, while the other video features a more cinematic storyline. Either way, the attempt was conducted in July of last year, and it took place at a 10-kilometer and three-lane-wide section of the Autobahn that was unrestricted.
There’s no doubt that the video looked amazing, and just seeing how stable and unfazed the Bugatti Chiron is at cruising at more than 400 kph. However, despite most sections of the Autobahn having no speed limits, the German Transport Ministry was unhappy with the top speed run.
From a statement made to the Associated Press, the German Trasport Ministry says, “All road users must abide by the rules of the road traffic regulations,” citing the first clause of Germany’s road traffic law, which states that “anyone participating in traffic must behave in such a way that no other person is harmed, endangered or obstructed or inconvenienced more than is unavoidable under the circumstances.”
The Bugatti Chiron for reference has an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 1,184 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. This enables it to reach an electronically-limited top speed of 421 kph, while the 0-100 mph run happens in just 2.4 seconds.