Brit breaks the 300mph speed barrier for the first time ever in a £2.5million Bugatti road car


A ROAD car has broken the 300mph barrier for the first time — with a Brit behind the wheel.

Test driver Andy Wallace, 58, hit 304.77mph in a modified £2.5million Bugatti Chiron in Germany.

 A British man has become the first to break the 300mph speed barrier in a road car

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A British man has become the first to break the 300mph speed barrier in a road car

Wallace, from Oxford, a former Le Mans champ, saw the record fall on his GPS display but it was minutes before the pit crew knew.

He said: “They couldn’t work out why I was so happy on the radio.”

It took six months to prepare the car, with aerodynamic tweaks and the upgrading of its 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine — nicknamed Thor — from 1,479bhp to 1,578bhp.

It equals the power of 18 standard VW Golfs.

 It took six months to prepare the car with aerodynamic modifications and upgrade its engine

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It took six months to prepare the car with aerodynamic modifications and upgrade its engine
 Andy Wallace was driving a modified £2.5million Bugatti Chiron on a five-mile straight ­section of track in Germany

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Andy Wallace was driving a modified £2.5million Bugatti Chiron on a five-mile straight ­section of track in Germany

It is believed the changes will be included in a celebratory limited-edition model to be sold alongside the “normal” Chiron, which is limited to 261mph.

The record run on a five-mile straight ­section of the VW Group’s secretive Ehra-Lessien test track came after four days of testing.

The previous high speed stood at 277.87mph, set in a Swedish Koenigsegg Agera RS.

 The car was nicknamed Thor thanks to its 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine

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The car was nicknamed Thor thanks to its 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine
 Wallace hit a whopping 304.77mph, beating the previous record of 277.87mph

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Wallace hit a whopping 304.77mph, beating the previous record of 277.87mph
 It boasts an impressive 1,578bhp engine

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It boasts an impressive 1,578bhp engine

Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said: “With this new record of the Chiron we are in uncharted territory.

“Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magic 300mph mark and we have now achieved this.

“We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future we will focus on other areas.”

 After undergoing a series of modifications, the supercar had the equivalent power of 18 standard VW Golfs

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After undergoing a series of modifications, the supercar had the equivalent power of 18 standard VW Golfs


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