Portrait of Andy Wallace, Bugatti test pilot – Motor1 France

Since 2011, Andy Wallace is a happy man. He is currently the official Bugatti test pilot. Today, 58, he is in charge of testing all Bugatti in addition to training customers to drive these exceptional cars. In total, he took the wheel of more than 30 different models ranging from the Veyron to the Chiron, through the Divo and some prototypes. He has traveled more than 100'000 km aboard these luxury cars, as much to tell you that it is undoubtedly the person who spent the most time driving a Bugatti.

We see it in almost all videos of Bugatti, not to mention those of journalists and influencers where he intervenes to accompany them and teach them how to tame these wild beasts of more than 1500 hp. Before taking on this dream job, Andy Wallace was a racing driver for 33 years. In his record, a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 and triple winner at Daytona (1990, 1997 and 1999). He also participated 19 times in the 12 Hours of Sebring where he won the race twice (1992 and 1993).

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Wallace is a lover of speed. According to him, the acceleration of Chiron is incomparable.

"The Chiron goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds, reaches 200 km / h in under 6.1 seconds and 300 km / h in just 13.1 seconds. There is no drop in power, which is totally surprising.

As part of his job, so to speak, Wallace tests cars on the runways at Colmar airport and on the oval track at Ehra-Lessien, Germany. It is also here that the man manages to win a record by rolling to a crazy speed of more than 490 km / h. This feat earned the title of 'fastest production car in the world' to the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which, as a reminder, will be marketed in limited series. This record echoes that of 1992. That year, a certain McLaren F1 managed to roll over 380 km / h with his wheel … Andy Wallace.

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When he is not testing Molsheim cars, he organizes tests for customers on the roads of Alsace. Sometimes he and the customers go to the Castellet circuit to touch the limits of the supercars with their fingertips. The Bugatti Chiron has a limited speed of 420 km / h, which does not prevent Andy and the few privileged to ride at around 370 km / h on circuit.

"I always have the same thought when I close the door, I enjoy my chance to do this job: I sit at the wheel of the best car in the world, what more can I expect?"

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