The wild physics of the Bugatti Chiron’s 304.77mph speed record

0 Posted by - 4th September 2019 - Technology

The race for straight-line pace is as old as the automobile itself. Henry Ford, often cited as the man who delivered cars to the masses, attempted to get as close to 100mph as he could aboard his Arrow back in 1904.

Ford managed 91.37mph, but history states he attempted the record on a frozen Lake St Clair, near Detroit, Michigan and subsequently scared himself stiff. Fast-forward to 1949 and a production model Jaguar XK120 majestically wafted to 124.6mph before a German-built Mercedes-Benz 300SL retaliated in 1955, reaching 152.2mph. You can see where this is heading.

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