304 miles per hour are almost every traditional standard of human measurement. This is 40% of the sound speed at sea level. He is 11 times faster than the fastest man in the world, nearly seven times faster than the fastest horse and 3.57 times faster than the highest speed limit found in the United States. This latest statistic is of particular importance here, as it shows how insanely fast the Bugatti Chiron seen here – which just hit 304 mph in track test – is in real life. That figure is enough to make the Chiron you see here the fastest car in the world.
Video: Bugatti Chiron reaches 304 MPH
See the Chiron you see here, which determines that the 304-mph maximum speed of the Era-Lesien run in Germany on August 2 is not exactly like the chirons you can purchase today through the duPont Registry if you have several million cash in hand. Additional cage and six-point harnesses were installed to keep the test driver (and Le Mans champion and previous McLaren F1
All this begs the question: "] this Bugatti Chiron Production Car?
Bugatti, for what it's worth, makes up for its claims by describing the record car as a "close to production" model and "Bugatti Chiron derivative pre-production vehicle," not a vehicle. Yet this prototype status does not prevent the manufacturer from declaring the car "the first hyper sports car to overcome the magic barrier at 300 miles per hour."
The hands of 0.001 percent who no doubt already retained their Chiron Super Sports (or whatever will eventually be called the production version of this car) will probably not give a damn, of course. They will never come close to hitting 300 miles per hour; they will just be glad to know that they could, in theory, talk about Monaco listening to the gears. But this asterisk also means that the likes of Koenigsegg, SSC and other supercar / hypercar manufacturers pursuing speed-record glory can continue to claim that their cars hold the true record for car speed – and that the endless debate over which car is the fastest in the barstool will continue to run as long as there is beer to drink.