0-249 MPH and Then Back to Zero in 41.96 Seconds

The new Bugatti has set a world record by accelerating from zero to 249mph and back to a standstill – in just 41 seconds.

With an 8-litre engine developing almost 1,500bhp, the Bugatti Chiron is one of the most impressive hypercars ever built.

To demonstrate its performance they gave it to former F1 star Juan-Pablo Montoya who took it for a spin on the top secret Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

And the Colombian driver managed to go from 0-249-0 mph and back again in 41.96 seconds.

This was over a distance of just 1.9 miles – with Montoya opting against wearing safety gear for the test.

He said: ‘The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive. Of course, the Chiron is a super sports car that requires your full attention when you are behind the wheel.

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‘At the same time, 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.’

Bugatti is building 500 Chirons, with 300 of the £2 million hypercars already snapped up by wealthy collectors.

Next year, the manufacturer plans to set a new world speed record – which is currently 267mph set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

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