The 1479 bhp Bugatti Chiron has accelerated from a standing start to 400 km/h, or 249 mph, and braked back to a standstill in just 42 seconds (41.96 to be precise).
That time is now officially the fastest ever recorded for a production car doing this particular driving manoeuvre, which the Chiron was able to complete in a distance of only 3.112 kilometres, or 1.934 miles.
And the world record was set this past weekend by none other than Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, two-time winner of the Indy 500 and three-time winner of the 24 hours of Daytona.
During the world record attempt, the 41-year-old from Colombia travelled faster than 249 mph a total of 17 times and also had an opportunity to improve on his own personal speed record of 253 mph; he also experienced a force of 2 g during full braking from top speed, which is claimed to be similar to that experienced during the launch of a space shuttle!
“Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values,” says company boss, Wolfgang Dürheimer.
In 2018, Bugatti further plans to set a new world speed record in excess of the top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) that was recorded with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport back in 2010.
Montoya decided not to wear the usual safety gear such as racing suit, helmet or HANS (head and neck support) device for the record run.