Sometimes, the Germans get all the fun. Like the unlimited sections of the Autobahn.
Or, in this case, the first ride along in a Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport on a track.
Note: The video is in German, however you can turn on subtitles and set them to auto-translate to English.
Matthias Malmedie is a German automotive journalist who hosts the program GRIP – Das Motormagazin on TV, which is much like Road & Track TV in the USA, or Top Gear in the UK. He also holds an FIA European Bronze driver license, making him a “Gentleman Racer” qualified driver for such things as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring or the 6 Hours of Spa, amongst others.
And by being German, with Bugatti owned by Volkswagen, of course they are testing the Chiron Pur Sport around the country. Matthias managed to nab a passenger seat for the car’s testing at Bilster Berg, sitting beside Bugatti test driver Sven Bohnhorst.
With an 8.0 liter, quad-turbocharged W16 with nearly 1,600 HP and enough torque to tow a small moon, the Pur Sport is “lively” to say the least. Being track-focused, it grips and goes out of corners about as viciously as a Formula 1 car, a point Matthias brings up in the video when he makes note of his neck starting to strain.