When you read that the world’s latest hypercar is fighter-jet quick, you might understand that as hyperbole. But for at least a decade, the fastest cars have genuinely competed with jet-powered fighters. For the non-believers, Bugatti has just released a video showing just that. The Chiron Sport is so quick that even a Dassault Rafale Marine doesn’t stand a chance off the line.
While the Rafale can reach speeds far beyond the 300-mph limit of today’s fastest road car, it’s the Bugatti that’s better optimized for low-speed launches. The special-edition Chiron—a one-of-20 “Les Légendes du Ciel” edition car built to celebrate the connection between Bugatti and aviation—reaches 62 mph in just 2.4 seconds. Just 13.1 seconds after setting off, it’s cresting 186 mph. The French Marine version of the Rafale, meanwhile, takes a second to compose itself. But as the jet engine roars, it quickly makes up its lost ground.
“I pulled away from the Rafale over the first few hundred meters, but after a few hundred meters more it was around 20 meters above and alongside me in the air. An incredible and fantastic sight,” said Pierre-Henri Raphanel, Bugatti’s test driver and pilot for this exercise. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.