Going over 400 km / h in a production car has long been a dream.
A dream still distant in the 80s when Ferrari presented the F40, capable of reaching 324 km / h in peak.
In 1991, a Bugatti EB110 GT was tested by an American magazine at a speed of 336 km / h.
It was not until 1998 that a production car approached the 400 km / h mark and gave hope of crossing this limit one day.
That year, the McLaren F1, a supercar with 3 front seats and a central steering wheel, reached 386.40 km / h on the Italian track at Nardo.
The 400 club
It was not until 2005 that the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 broke this glass ceiling to set a new record at 408.47 km / h.
When it came out, this 1001 hp Bugatti Veyron cost just over 1.6 million euros.
Two years later, the SSC Ultimate Aero reached 412.33 km / h for an almost affordable price compared to a Veyron: 540,000 €.
Bugatti resumed the record in 2010 with its Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and its 431 km / h.
The Hennessey Venom GT propels its driver to 435 km / h in 2014 for a check for $ 1.2 million.
Prices are also soaring
In 2017, a Scandinavian manufacturer, Koenigsegg, won the new record for the fastest production car with its Agera RS and its 447 km / h.
A record set on a road from Nevada to the United States.
But Bugatti could not stand idly by and announced just two years later that it had crossed 490 km / h with its Chiron Super Sport.
It became the first car to cross the mythical threshold of 300 mph (482.80 km / h). Its price also soared with 3.5 million euros.
Towards 500 km / h?
Lately it is the American manufacturer SSC which has made the talk with for the first time a record at 532 km / h for its Tuatara model sold for 1.2 million euros.
But if the authenticity of the record, established on a stretch of road in Nevada, has since been widely questioned, it is difficult to imagine that the bar of 500 km / h will not be crossed soon.
Witness the appearance this week of the Bugatti Bolide, announced at over 500 km / h but not approved for the road.