Top Gear races Bugatti Chiron from Oman to the UAE

Supercar is driven at 236 miles per hour on the Al Maktoum Int'l Airport runway
By Lubna Hamdan
Mon 24 Jul 2017 10:14 AM

Celebrated British motor show Top Gear has filmed an episode that saw host Chris Harris race a Bugatti Chiron at 236 miles an hour from Oman to the UAE.

The test drive of the supercar that costs approximately $3 million began on the mountainous roads at the border of Oman, before moving onto a runway in the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai.

“[It] takes all of about 400 yards of driving in the Chiron to realise this is a profoundly different car to a Veyron. I suspected and feared it would just be another Veyron with more power. In other words, a car that would be immensely impressive in a straight line and high speed but didn’t really like corners. This car loves corners. In fact, on this road, it demolishes most other cars. And that’s in part [because] the steering is superb,” said Harris while driving on Oman’s mountainous roads.

“Apparently there are seven different algorithms overlapped given the right response. The result is a car you can place really, really well…,” he added before heading to the 4.8km runway in the Al Maktoum airport at 200m per hour.

Harris explained that while the Chiron weighs 1995kg, 45kg more than a Veyron, its basic structure is shared with the older car. Its wheelbase, however, is longer and much stiffer. It only likes 98 octane fuel. It boasts 1500 horsepower and its torque is 1180 pounds per feet.

“The Chiron is no engineering revolution, but it’s an arresting set of numbers designed to pass every usability and drivability test expected of a Volkswagen Group product. And that is mind scrambling,” he said.

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Last Updated: Mon 24 Jul 2017 01:49 PM GST

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