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The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Briefly Went Airborne During Its Record Run

Road & Track logo Road & Track 9/13/2019 Brian Silvestro
a car parked in a parking lot: Driver Andy Wallace describes the moment the Chiron prototype left the ground at 277 mph.© Bugatti Driver Andy Wallace describes the moment the Chiron prototype left the ground at 277 mph.

If you watch the in-cabin video from Bugatti's recent 304.77-mph record run at Ehra Lessein, you might not think there was too much drama going on. Aside from the scenery going by at mind-bending speeds, the car looked stable and steering corrections were kept to an absolute minimum. But in an interview with Australian publication Wheels, there was one point where all four wheels left the ground.

“There is a surface change [on the straight], and I was calling it a ramp and jump, and everyone was wondering why I was calling it that,” Wallace told Wheels. “That was until they looked at the data, and they realized that it actually is a jump," he explained. "This occurs at 447kmh [approximately 277 mph] on that fast run."

“It goes from a nice smooth surface, to an older surface," Wallace added. "It felt to me inside the cabin that it was all coming off the ground and then coming down.”

The thing is, if you go back and watch the video, you can actually see the jump take place at 277 mph. It's very subtle, and looks like a small bump on camera, but it's there. Here, watch for yourself:

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Watching the video, you can see the surface change from new to old, and Wallace's hands moving just that little bit. He says you can't lift—that would upset the balance, and at those speeds, that's not something you want happening. You just have to stay flat, and hope everything turns out okay. Wallace has some serious experience in this area. Remember, he's the guy who set the McLaren F1's 240-mph top speed record in 1998. So chances are he knows what he's doing.

via Carscoops

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