304.77 mph... Almost 500 kph! This head-spinning speed was clocked by British driver Andy Wallace on 2 August in a preproduction car derived from the Bugatti Chiron at the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. Bugatti is therefore the first carmaker to break the 300-mph barrier.
Wallace, of course, won the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9 LM along with Jan Lammers and Johnny Dumfries. This was the year that saw the WM P88-Peugeot set a new speed record of 405 kph at Le Mans. As for Bugatti, the French marque triumphed twice in the legendary endurance race in the pre-war period (1937 and 1939).
Photo (© Bugatti): Andy Wallace, the British driver with 21 Le Mans 24 Hours starts to his credit, at the wheel of the preproduction car derived from the Bugatti Chiron.