Handling. Agility. Quickness. The kind of words not normally synonymous with planet moving behemoth that is is 1500HP Bugatti Chiron. A car of that magnitude is known more for top speed and not for its track times. Enter the all new Chiron Pur Sport. The car has been reengineered to have a stiffer suspension, 110 lbs of weight has been shed, and a 15% shorter gearbox has been put in place. This shorter gear box allows the Pur Sport to accelerate from 60-74pm while in 6th gear a full 2 seconds faster than the standard Chiron.
The Pur Sport track tests included an in-depth analysis of the handling, damper control, steering, tire wear, and gearbox, as well as a performance review of newly introduced engine components. Of all the tests the Sport would endure, only one was as highly anticipated as that of the car’s all-new chassis. This chassis, with its modified camber, is much firmer than those previously produced within the Bugatti line.
“Every system has to function perfectly on its own, but also in conjunction with the entire vehicle, of course,” said Jachin Schwalbe, Buggati’s Head of Chassis Development. “And it has to do so at all speeds and for all movements.”
Also highly anticipated was the introduction of the ESC Sport+ driving mode. When selected, ESC Sport+ allows drivers to drift into turns when cornering. Power is commanded at the rear wheels via the accelerator pedal, while the ESC brakes actuate, facilitating a controlled slide. “Even for our engineers who are very familiar with the Chiron, this is so much fun they don’t want to get out of the car,” Schwalbe added.
The next stop for the Chiron Pur Sport and its engineering crew is the famed Nürburgring in Germany. There, the car will again push its limits and give us all a taste of what this new Bugatti is capable of.