The Chiron Jumped its Way to 300 MPH

It doesn’t take much to get all four wheels off the ground when you’re driving at 300 mph, as Chiron record-setter Andy Wallace found out.

In an interview with Australia’s Which Car, the Le Mans winner explained that even just a change in road surface at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessing test track was big enough for him to call it a jump.

I was calling it a ramp and jump, and everyone was wondering why I was calling it that,” he told Which Car. “That was until they looked at the data, and they realized that it actually is a jump. This occurs at 447km/h on that fast run.”

Fortunately, since the team planning the run was running up to Vmax in increments, Wallace knew it was coming. Unfortunately, all he could really do was brace.

“You can’t lift,” explains Wallace. “In fact, lifting makes this much worse, because then you get a pitch change at the front and it gives you a whole heap of trouble.”

All you can really do is keep your foot buried and keep on going, says Wallace. In a piece published last week on Top Gear about taking a regular Chiron up 261 mph, Michal Kutina, Ehra-Lessing’s head of training, explained that even in a spin humans can’t be trusted to do much if the proverbial udders go skyward.

“If anything goes wrong, anything, do not try to catch the car, just brake as hard as you can – immediately – and you should stay between the barriers,” he told Top Gear. “Those who take this advice do OK. The guy who didn’t ended up in the hospital and the car split in two. When I went to see him to analyze what had happened, he said he thought he could catch it.”

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