The Bugatti Chiron has proven beyond doubt that it is an incredible performance machine, completing 0-249-0mph in just 41.96 seconds. A new world record.

It takes a steady set of hands to get a car to those speeds where even the slightest misjudgment could end in disaster. Bugatti enlisted the help of Juan Pablo Montoya. His credentials speak for themselves – F1 Monaco grand prix winner, two-time Indy 500 winner and three-time winner of the Daytona 24 Hours.

It took less than 42 seconds for Montoya to rocket the car to 249bhp – from a complete standstill – before slamming on the brakes and coming back to rest. The whole thing was done in a distance of less than two miles.

Bugatti Chiron Record
Bugatti Chiron Record

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The Chiron is an engineering marvel – producing 1,479bhp from an 8-litre W16 engine, the top speed is said to be in excess of 261mph. The car will do 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, 0-124mph in less than 6.5 and 0-183mph in a physics-bending 16.7 seconds.

As impressive as its acceleration is, the deceleration is even more unbelievable. 186-0mph is done in a distance of just 275 metres.

Bugatti Chiron Record

The £1.9m Bugatti Chiron replaced the Veyron last year and continues the brand's record breaking legacy.

Just 500 Chirons will be built, 300 of which are already spoken for – so you'd better get your deposit cheque in quickly if you want to get a slice of what will inevitably become motoring history.

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