You Won't Believe What It Takes to Film a Bugatti Chiron at 250 MPH
If you want to film a Bugatti Chiron at speed, then you'll need another Bugatti Chiron.
How do you film a Bugatti Chiron accelerating to approximately 250 mph? Well, you could record the Chiron at a slower speed and use editing tricks to make it appear as though the supercar is speeding well past the two-century mark. If you're filmmaker Al Clark, though, then you actually shoot a video of the 1,479-hp Chiron at speed. And to do that, Clark had little choice but to enlist another Chiron as a camera car.
That's right, the best way to film a rapidly accelerating Chiron is with a separate Chiron. Like many things in life, though, using one Chiron to film another Chiron is easier said than done, as Clark reveals in a recent YouTube video. In order to achieve the shot he wanted, Clark strapped a small camera to the back of one Chiron while filming the other.
Simple right? Not really. As Clark notes, it was a struggle to get the two cars to launch at approximately the same time so that both were accelerating at about the same rate in order to ensure the hero Chiron remained within the camera's frame.
Yet, not even a perfectly timed launch between the two cars makes for a perfect shot. For instance, the camera remained so still on its mount that Clark and his team had to add camera shake in post-production to increase the run's drama. Likewise, the camera car's exhaust gases ultimately passed across the camera's lens, which resulted in a shot that looks slightly out-of-focus. Bollocks!
Of course, there's more to Clark's film than one high-speed run and he shares more interesting information about what it took to film the quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder Chiron in all of its high-speed glory. Check out the video above and get a look for yourself.