Former Williams and McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya is the proud holder of a new world record, achieved in association with Bugatti.
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The automotive company’s iconic Chiron, whose 8-litre quad-turbocharged 16 cyclinder power unit develops a cool 1,479 bhp, was entrusted to the Colombian racer to demonstrate just how fast it is.
Seven-time Grand Prix winner Montoya beat the world record for the fastest car to accelerate from nought to 400km/h and then back to nought again.
The time was 41.96 seconds, which on the surface may appear a bit underwhelming. The first stage acceleration segment took 32.6 seconds and 2.6km. But it only took 9.3 seconds and 491 meters for Montoya to grind to a halt.
As for Montoya, a huge Bugatti fan, he said he felt so secure behind the wheel of the supercar – or hypercar – that he didn’t even feel the need the wear a helmet!
“It gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the car.
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“It really was incredible to see that you didn’t need the complex preparations we have to make in racing for the 0-400-0 drive,” he added.
“With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off. Incredible.
Anyone out there who wishes to emulate Montoya’s exploit will have to fork out a hefty $2.7 million first!
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