The only vehicle component that touches the roads is the tires that are supposed to withstand the speeds that the vehicle is capable of reaching. At exceptionally high speeds, intense heat, pressure and other forces can affect the tires leading to excessive wear, disintegration or a sudden blowout which can end in a disaster.
How did the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ reach 304.77 miles per hour on the Ehra-Lessien test track to become the first production car to reach the coveted 300mph mark? The answer is lots of money, a fearless test driver, Andy Wallace and tires. According to Stefan Ellrott, Bugatti head of development, the new Chiron Michelin tires were beefed up with carbon fiber on the tire carcass which is the layer of rubber found below the tread and responsible for load-bearing and shock-absorbing.
Advances in technology also allowed the safe 300mph record. The fact is circular bits of rubber are not supposed to withstand high speeds. This is the reason why the series tire of Chiron has to be modified slightly with the addition of a carbon fiber layer. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ still uses a Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tire but with an additional layer of protection.
In order to create a tire that could withstand forces and provide the driver with warning in the event that it could not, Bugatti and Michelin had to take the development team to the aircraft tire testing center in Charlotte, North Carolina. A lot of bench testing made sure that the tires were safe. With new tires, the first signs that they may completely explode are noise and vibrations.
Because Bugatti has established a record, other manufacturers like Koenigsegg are expected to try and beat Bugatti’s record next year with or without the help of Michelin. It is expected that they will be using special tires, too.
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