There has been a bit of a race in the hyper car world to break 300mph over the past few years. In 2017 Koenigsegg set the official record at 277.87mph with it’s limited production Agera RS1. To claim this title they were required to make 2 runs on the same stretch of highway. One going each direction. This is done to account for any wind or elevation changes that could effect the top speed. An average of the 279mph and 285mph runs were taken to set the world record.
Yesterday Bugatti released a video showing its new “near production ready prototype” of the Chiron shattering the Koenigsegg’s top speeds with a blistering 304.77mph. Unfortunately for Bugatti, since the car was a prototype and only one pass was made it did not officially take the record from Koenigsegg.
Bugatti also took this opportunity to announce that it is dropping out of the top speed hyper car rivalry. It’s a shame because both Koenigsegg and Hennessey Performance, which is located just west of Houston in Sealy Texas, have new vehicles that they claim should break 300mph. I guess we will just have to see how long this unofficial record will hold up.