Even Bugatti’s CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, can’t resist spending some time behind the wheel and going fast in the new Chiron. Can’t blame the guy. The Veyron successor is stunning and now it’s time to beat some Veyron speed records. Right, so the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport currently holds the world record of 268 mph, which was set back in 2010. Durheimer recently told Autocar that "We will try to lock in a new world speed record.
I know the Chiron will be faster (than the Veyron Super Sport), but we don’t know how fast. We have the calculations from our simulations, but it is always different to sit in the car and actually do it." For his part, Durheimer took the 1,479 hp Chiron for a spin at the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans a couple of weeks ago because, well, he’s the CEO. He hit 236 mph. The job has its perks. We’ve been told the Chiron’s top speed is around 261 mph but chances are it’ll surpass that number. It’ll have to if it wants to beat the Veyron SS. Rumor has it that the Chiron can actually hit 288 mph. So when will the record speed attempt take place? Autocar says it’ll likely happen in 2018 at the 13-mile Ehra-Lessien facility in Germany.