In celebration of reaching the halfway point of production, Bugatti decided to decimate a set of Michelins.
The track-focused version of the Bugatti Chiron, the Chiron Pur Sport, has just seen its 30th example produced. In celebration of reaching the halfway point of production for this exceptional hypercar, the Molsheim-based manufacturer melted some Michelin tires, drifting the car in a C shape. Why a C shape? To call to mind the C-line that defines the profile of all Chiron models, of course.
With just 60 ever to be made, the man behind the wheel of this multi-million dollar car could only be a Bugatti development driver. In this case, it was Sven Bohnhorst who offered some remarkable insights into how controllable the vehicle is. But first, let's see him in action.
With the iconic 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 engine producing 1,479 horsepower and sending it to all four wheels, the idea of drifting this limited edition would be daunting for most. Still, Bohnhorst says there's no need to be nervous.
"The controllability of the Chiron Pur Sport's all-wheel drive is outstanding. You, the driver, decide if you want to slip the rear axle to make the car turn or if you want to stabilize it with more slip at the front solely by balancing it with the throttle. You can also have all four wheels spinning at once - just as you like it! This is what I call a car made for drivers."
Yes, the stunt was performed on a slightly damp track, but there was still no shortage of drama. Watching the Pur Sport engage launch control, and smoke all four tires as it took off was beautiful, and the cinematography and music certainly contribute to the dramatic effect. As if drifting a Bugatti wasn't astounding enough. This is art in motion.
"It did it time and time again, from its very first attempt through to the final drive during dusk, the Chiron Pur Sport delivered, repeating the feat even as the tires were pushed to the extremes and the hyper sports car was put under the increasing stress of high temperatures and huge lateral loads," said Bugatti president Christophe Piochon.
That sounds like encouragement for Chiron owners to attempt the same, but with some used models already selling for over $5 million, not to mention astronomical maintenance costs, we doubt too many will take up the challenge.