The Bugatti Chiron is the definition of excess. It carries a base price of $3 million, which gets you a car powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine producing 1500 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. That engine provides enough thrust to hit 60 mph in about two seconds, before propelling you in luxurious comfort to over 260 mph. It's an insane piece of engineering. You might understand then if some folks wanted to validate some of those numbers for themselves. In order to see whether or not Bugatti has been truthful with those output ratings, the team at Cannonball Garage in Gilberts, Illinois, stuck one on the dyno for what could be the first time outside of Molsheim.
You might be familiar with Cannonball Garage, as its helmed by Cannonball record-holder Arne Toman. Before any sort of testing was actually able to take place, Toman and his team had to figure out how to get the Bugatti onto the dyno. Normally this wouldn't be a tremendous challenge, but the Chiron is no normal car. The team noted that the underbody tray installed by Bugatti was the largest they'd ever seen, and that it was rather difficult to remove. Considering this piece surely plays a key role in the car's high-speed aero package, it's probably best its hard to dislodge. The Chiron is also an imposing 80-inches wide, which happens to be just an inch narrower than the Dynojet 424x Chassis Dyno used by the garage. Taking time to get the car on the dyno did prove worth it in the end, as the results are better than one would expect.
After surging its way through the powerband, the Chiron spit back dyno ratings of 1369 hp and 1163 lb-ft at all four wheels. Perhaps even more impressive, this test was completed on 93 octane fuel straight from the pump. These figures then suggest that Bugatti has perhaps been a bit conservative with its officially ratings. Then again, the Chiron is one of the fastest and quickest machines ever put to the pavement for a reason. Still, we can't believe that it has actually taken this long for someone to get one on a dyno.
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