Stop getting your panties in a bunch man...
I don't even know what kind of twisted r-word
'logic' you employed to come up with the second sentence ...
No - you don't need any world records to be in the car business ... wtf ...??
"Humiliated" and "pulverized" was used by the media back then.
Given by how much their record was broken (20% faster at 72% of the distance) those words are very fitting.
Let me quote Grosjean after Haas (2017 engine) was outqualified by Sauber (2016 engine) in Mexico 2017:
"So I think today is a bit of a slap in the face, a wake up call, and we need to put our head down and try and understand [...] We know how much horsepower we have compared to Sauber and they are in front of us. It shows we need to do things better."
"Slap in the face" is a harmless expression which means 'an unexpected affront' - given the pretentious PR and conceited accouncement of their plans (as the biggest car maker) to go for more records (the aim was 450kph) only to be stopped in their tracks by 'some small swedish manufacturer' it's also very fitting and if you'd ask the people involved in the project how it felt back then the less stuck up would say it felt like ... yep ... exactly that.
Main point is that i believe that once they saw they would not be able to beat the Agera RS with the standard Chiron (i think it's even fair to assume they tried) they sat down, got Dallara and Michelin onboard and built this car to reach 300mph which, don't get me wrong, is an astonishing engineering achievement.
They will very likely turn that prototype into some kind of "speed" variant of the Chiron, however repeating what they did now will be challenging once they put all the weight back in and make the car road legal, additionally they'd have to run in both directions to make it count but they essentially said that they're done with those high speed runs since they've proven once and for all that they build the fastest cars:
"Dies war das letzte Mal für uns. Als Erster, der die 300 Meilen pro Stunde übertrifft, hat Bugatti seinen Namen in die Geschichtsbücher geschrieben – das bleibt für immer. Wir haben mehrfach gezeigt, dass wir die schnellsten Autos der Welt bauen." - Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles
Rough translation: "That's the last time for us. Bugatti put their name into the history books by being first to go faster than 300mph - this will stay forever. We've repeatedly shown that we build the fastest cars in the world"
Funnily enough almost none of that is true.
The Veyron wasn't the fastest car in the world for most of it's time being in production.
The Chiron was never the fastest car in the world.
Obviously this wasn't the first motor vehicle to hit 300, that's why they use some clever language in their PR, speaking about this being the first car by a series manufacturer to reach that speed.
And they have to say that because they're not even the first to reach 300 with a tuned/modified version of a production car - in March this year some positively crazy nutjobs took their 2000hp+ Ford GT to 300.4 mph.
I wonder if the focus of SSC, Hennessey and Koenigsegg now shifted from 300mph to 500kph.
Holm86 wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:01 am
Its very impressive how stable and calm the Bugatti is, I remember the Koenigsegg as being very loud, and all over the road on their record run.
That would partially be down to the difference in road surface quality of a purpose built high speed test track in perfect condition and some highway in the USA... also different sound engineering in edit, most raw onboard footage of the Chiron is louder than this run.
Pyrone89 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:49 am
Anyone else's OCD acting up that they didnt make 500 kph?
The tyres were tested for 511 kph so there's nothing stopping them ... just tune the engine a little bit more