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This modified Bugatti Chiron cracked 304 miles per hour

Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace set a new world record speed run.

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Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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This Bugatti Chiron just cracked the 300-mph barrier.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace hit an official top speed of 304.77 mph.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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The top speed run was conducted at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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Previously, Bugatti set a speed record here with a Veyron Super Sport.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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The Chiron uses a 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine, producing some 1,600 horsepower.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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The standard Chiron's gearbox and all-wheel-drive system were left intact.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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The modified, long-tail Chiron body is built by Italian firm Dallara.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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The Chiron's airbrake and rear wing have been integrated into the new car's tail.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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Special Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires were fitted to get all that power to the ground.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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Keep scrolling for more photos of this record-setting Chiron.

Bugatti Chiron Top Speed Record
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