Back in 2017, when Bugatti did their iconic 0-400-0 kmph run in 42 seconds, the internet went berserk. There was one particular sequence in the video, where a camera car drives along with the blue Bugatti Chiron, as it is clocking over 290 kmph. There is also the sequence where the car launches to 100 kmph from a standstill in less than 2.5 seconds.
Over the years, a lot of rumours and speculations have done the rounds, about the camera car, and whether if there trick editing involved. There were a number of rumours which claimed that the camera car that was running beside the Chiron was a modified Toyota Supra or a Koenigsegg. Oh, the blasphemy…
No it wasn’t a modified Supra that filmed the Chiron do its run, and neither was it a Koenigsegg.
Al Clark is a specialised automotive filmmaker and film director, who has worked with Bugatti on a number of occasions. In a recent video he uploaded to YouTube, he explains how they put together the film of the Chiron setting a new world record.
Several cameras were positioned along the straight stretch of the track in Ehra-Lessien where the run was to take place. They also got a helicopter for the aerial shots.
Yes, there were several runs on that day, as one would imagine, and the final video uses bits and pieces from all of them. However, Clark claims there was no trick editing. The car actually did 0-400-0 in a record 42 seconds, and they did in fact had a clean and authentic shoot.
Two cars were used for the filming of the video. The first one was a Caterham Seven which was used as the gimbal car for the slower shots, and the B-roll. It was also used to film the portion of the film where the car rolls to a final stop. So no, it wasn’t a jacked-up Supra.
Now, the interesting bit of the film. How did Clark & his team shoot the Chiron taking off? Well, it turns out, it was another Bugatti Chiron that was being used as the camera car.
The main camera or the one that did the tracking shots was attached to a white Bugatti Chiron, which took off with the blue Chiron being driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. The white Chiron accelerated with the blue one till 250 kmph, at the same pace, and eventually, gave way for the blue car to zoom past it, once it had the shot.
Bugatti also did something similar when they did their 490+kmph run in the modified Chiron. In that sequence as well, a second modified Chiron was used for the tracking shots. I
As fantastic as the 0-400-0 kmph run was, and as iconic as the record was, it was broken in 2019, when an unmodified Koenigsegg Regera did the run in 31.49 seconds.
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