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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