Michelin Tires Help Bugatti Chiron Set a New World Speed Record for a Production Car

September 25, 2019
Michelin Tires Help Bugatti Chiron Set a New World Speed Record for a Production Car

The «near-production» supercar Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, fitted with reinforced Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, smashed the 300-mph (490.48 km/h) speed barrier. This happened a couple of weeks ago at Volkswagen’s official test circuit named Ehra-Lessien in Germany.

This was the first time that a test car developed such speed. The speed was placed on record by the independent test organization Technischer Überwachungsverein (TÜV). The new world record exceeds the previous one, which was set by the supercar Koenigsegg Agera RS in 2017, by more than 40 km/h.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

What is remarkable is the fact that Bugatti confirmed that it will «withdraw from the competition to produce the fastest serial-production cars». The way the company put it, «Bugatti was the first to exceed 300 mph. Its name will go down in the history books, and it will stay that way forever». This record will cost for the brand more than just a few extra kilometers per hour.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2