Chris Harris Compares Pur Sang Bugatti Type 35 To 1,500-HP Chiron


These two cars share a badge, but that's about it.

We’re back with Chris Harris in the middle of the Middle East, same Jebel Jais mountain road that serves as a tarmac barrier between Oman and the UAE, this time with more than a Bugatti Chiron in hand. This detour on Harris’ one-day adventure with the Chiron is a fair explanation as to why we previously only got an eight-minute sampler of the Chiron through his eyes. After all an engineering marvel like that can easily consume days of time with its sheer entertainment value and technological prowess.

This time around, he’s got a Pur Sang Bugatti Type 35 on the side with an order of Chiron, the former being a modern day replica of the Type 35 that captured the imaginations of the world’s very first race car drivers. Despite sharing a badge, the two cars couldn't be more different.

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Separated by a gulf more than 90 years wide, the two cars embody much different philosophies. “You drive today’s sports cars, super cars, and 100 miles per hour feels like 50,” says John Bothwell, the man at the helm of Pur Sang, during an interview with Forbes. “In our car, it’s the opposite. Inverse correlation—50 miles an hour feels like 100, or more. When you drive a car like ours, you’re part of the machine, connected to it. It’s like playing the violin compared to exploring tracks on an iPhone.” Given that the modern Chiron can top out at speeds near the limit of human perception, we’ll take any distortion that reduces the sense of speed.

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