James decides its time to take the Bugatti Veyron up to its top speed, which is 253mph. But can James find anywhere with a track long enough to get there? : Clip taken from Series 9, Episode 5.WATCH MORE: Chris Harris Drives: Drag Races: Car Walkarounds: Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.
we’re going to take the fastest production car in the world up to its top speed that top speed is 253 miles per hour much faster than a Formula One car and when you think that the Veyron has airbags air conditioning a stereo a boot and all the other stuff f1 cars aren’t burdened with you realize what an incredible machine this is the Veyron is about pushing the outside of the envelope it’s about doing things that people said just were not possible this car is a sort of Concorde moment getting your car to do 155 miles per hour frankly isn’t really very difficult the barrel needs just a piffling 270 horsepower to reach that speed but 253 but fast you go the more mother nature tries to hold you back so to do the next hundred miles per hour the hundred mile trail that takes you up to two hundred and fifty needs another 730 horsepower so what you end up with is a sixty cylinder engine with four turbochargers producing 1,001 horsepower and a lot of trees that’s why your car has one radiator and this car has ten the engineers really worried uncharted territory with this car here’s an example when they wanted to sort out the high speed aerodynamics they went to this sound f1 team and they said do you mind awfully if we use your wind tunnel and they said terribly sorry but we don’t go up to those speeds in fact cracking 253 miles per hour caused nightmare after nightmare but you gotta insist that this 850,000 pound car can do it mind you actually testing their bold claim is a bit of a pallava this is error less I’m Volkswagens maximum security test track in Germany when it was built during the Cold War it was deliberately sited in a no-fly zone near the East German border in order to stop prying eyes from seeing secret prototypes it has over 60 miles of private track but the bit we’re interested in is the main straight which is a whopping five and a half miles long although it is technically a flat and level road if you stand here you can’t actually see the other end and that’s because it’s following the curvature of the earth but even when you’ve sorted the venue you can’t just jump in the car and go this is Germany there are procedures to go through I like procedures you have to insert a special key into a slot by the door and when you do the diffuser flaps close the rear spoiler retracts and the whole car hunkers down to become as slippery as possible the telemetry box we’re using to record the speed measures in kilometers an hour so the magic number we’re looking for is 407 hi ladies gentlemen here we go I’m approaching the banking at the top of the circuit I have to do this at 200 kilometres an hour and span a hundred 20 around the banking look for my acceleration point then give it the beans down the Straits Kelly meets 120 the car set off fourth gear 5,000 revs looking for the exit there is the climb from 200 to 300 kilometres an hour was over in just nine point four seconds and then trim let’s that’s 230 miles per hour I was now leaving f1 cars behind back inside and it is sucking in days maximum which means that what is that guy come on come on it wasn’t you you