The Bugatti Chiron takes after its predecessor, the Veyron in being a riot of numbers – these being output and performance figures, specifically. Unveiled last year, the Chiron packs 1,500 PS and 1,600 Nm of torque from its 8.0 litre, quad-turbocharged W16 engine, besting the Veyron’s numbers with a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed limited to 420 km/h.

The company is proud of its achievements with the Chiron, as well as the methods undertaken to attain them. “Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti.

For this exercise, Bugatti enlisted the services of current IndyCar racer and former Formula 1 driver, Juan Pablo Montoya. In the video, Bugatti demonstrates just how quickly the Chiron can hustle onwards to roughly 365 km/h – in an indicated 25.5 seconds – before it pulls away from the camera chase car, which one can safely assume is another Chiron.

It went on to reach a full 400 km/h in 32.6 seconds and 2,621 m, before full-force braking to stop in 9.3 seconds and 491 m, clocking the successive acceleration and deceleration run in 42 seconds.

Tyres have previously been the limiting factor in uncorking the Chiron’s outright speed potential, and tyre partner Michelin is surely working to realise that objective. Centrifugal force multiplies one gram of rubber to 3,600 grams, and according to Bugatti, an 18.3 gram tyre valve applies a force equivalent to approximately 45 kg at 400 km/h.

The mechanical statistics themselves are a host of astounding numbers which go towards achieving said performance figures; its charge-air cooling system pumps into the engine over 60,000 litres of air per minute, while 800 litres of water are circulated throughout the engine’s passageways every minute. During full braking, the airbrake works with eight-piston, 420 mm-front disc and six-piston, 400 mm-rear disc brakes to generate 2 g of deceleration.

“I hope Bugatti will invite me to their world record run with the Chiron. At any rate, I’m saving the date in my calendar,” Montoya said, referring to a forthcoming outright speed record attempt with the Chiron which Bugatti will undertake next year, in hopes of surpassing their own record of 431.072 km/h achieved in 2010 with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

Every now and then, a tuner or smaller-scale car maker will make an attempt at usurping Bugatti’s latest from the top of the performance heap – the Hennessey Venom F5 comes to mind. The F5 is said to be capable of up to 482 km/h – when the dust settles, who will come out on top?

GALLERY: Bugatti Chiron