Bugatti has done what many thought would be impossible: with the advent of their latest model, the Chiron, they have trumped the ground-shaking Veyron and all of the accomplishments that it earned when it was introduced in 2005. There’s lots to like: a completely reworked quad-turbo W-12 that will without doubt smack around even the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse’s top speed claims, a body that stays true to Bugatti designs but somehow just looks like the perfect blend of art and all of the menace the one percent can manage in one vehicle, and it sounds pissed off. The car is good…and we don’t even know just how fast it can be. Even Bugatti themselves don’t know how far the top end goes on the Chiron. Supercars aren’t our jam, but you have to respect what engineers and builders have created here.
But that name, “Chiron”…it belongs to former Bugatti team driver Louis Chiron (1899-1979), a man whose racing prowess was proven time and time again on the circuits, from his younger days through the late 1950s, when he was the oldest driver on the Formula One circuit. Chiron remained active with the Monaco Grand Prix long after his second retirement in 1958. He raced under Ferrari Scuderia when they were a part of Alfa Romeo’s racing side, and managed to get canned from Bugatti well before he was done driving, so why is his name attached to the road-going missile from Molsheim? Carfection’s Alex Goy takes a look at Chiron’s history, from his dancing days to his role as the destructive element in another racer’s career. This is educational and interesting: