On Track with the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

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The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the most focused creation from Molsheim yet, designed not just for straight line speed, but for tight corners and demanding race tracks. Arguably, none is as demanding as the Bilster Berg circuit in Germany: 9 right turns, 10 left turns. 44 crests and dips. 20 percent uphill and 26 percent downhill grades with a change in elevation of 70 meters over 4,207 metres. And that is where Bugatti Chassis Engineer, Sven Bonhorst, is applying the finishing touches to the Chiron Pur Sport’s revolutionary abilities.

Compared with the standard Chiron, cutting-edge new additions like lightweight exhaust tailpipes made of 3D-printed titanium, and magnesium wheels help to cut weight and improve performance. The interior is deliberately focused and raw; extravagances are reduced to the bare minimum. Many surfaces normally clothed in leather are upholstered in lightweight Alcantara and dynamic patterns have been lasered onto the door panels with contrasting fabric highlights with a metal look.

Bugatti engineers radically changed the chassis set-up and developed a new gearbox, all in all the gears have been shortened by 15%, guaranteeing more dynamic handling and further improved power distribution. This means that it accelerates in sixth gear from 60 to 120 km/h three seconds faster than the Chiron. The car is fitted with newly developed Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tyres as to ensure maximum cornering speeds.

“The combination of an uncompromisingly sporty and harder chassis setup, new tyres with a softer rubber compound geared towards lateral dynamics, and the shorter transmission ratio make it possible to maneuver the Chiron Pur Sport out of any corner safely and at lightning speed. An incredible feeling at the wheel that makes the adrenaline flow,” says Bonhorst.

For times exactly like this the Chiron Pur Sport is equipped with a new ESC Sport+ driving mode. Experienced drivers can activate this mode when driving on race tracks in the Chiron Pur Sport, allowing larger drift angles with much easier controlled drifting – the driver is able to stay on the throttle much longer to control the rear end before the ESC kicks in.

“The beautiful thing about the Chiron Pur Sport is that it continuously provides sensitive feedback. It remains extremely controllable, also thanks to the interaction of a mechanically finely-tuned basic setup, and is enhanced by coordination with electronic control systems to prevent any unexpected events,” he explains. Perfectly adapted mechanical systems are crucial during development so that the electronic systems are forced to intervene only in emergencies. “This creates natural, very powerful handling, nothing artificial. It is important to me that I am the one in control of the car, not the other way around,” states Bohnhorst.

The Chiron Pur Sport is exclusively available in the UK through H.R. Owen Bugatti; the UK’s only official Bugatti retailer. To make an enquiry, you can contact the team here.

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