Within the historical past of Chin’s automotive amassing, the Divo represents the present “hypercar season”, which started three years in the past when he obtained supply of the Bugatti Chiron. And he has since booked his third Bugatti: The Bolide, a track-only hyper sports activities automotive touted as a pur sang powerhouse with a 8.0-litre W16 engine, to be delivered in 2024.
All present horses, after all, as Bugatti solely produces left-hand drives and subsequently can by no means be legally pushed on Singapore roads. However he could, sooner or later, transfer them over to Malaysia, the place left-hand drives can technically be registered and pushed – as a result of “Malaysia boleh”.
“Even in case you have the cash, not any Tom, Dick and Harry can purchase a Bugatti. It’s solely a really choose group that’s given the allocation, and the unwritten rule is that it’s a must to have two Bugattis earlier than you might be allowed to have one,” he defined.
How does that compute?
Effectively, Chin believes it was his sturdy reputation as a collector of different high-value efficiency automobiles that “certified” him for the Chiron.
“I used to be in all probability the primary man in Southeast Asia to have the Ferrari Enzo again in 2003, and I even have the McLaren P1, and clearly I gather Lamborghinis as nicely,” he mentioned.
On invitation by Bugatti, Chin test-drove the Chiron in Portugal accompanied by his youngest son, and subsequently positioned his order for the US$2.6 million racing machine in 2016.
“It was superb,” he mentioned, recalling the expertise. “Individuals say that is the quickest automotive on the earth and so it have to be very intimidating to drive. I’ve the Ferraris and McLarens and I understand how aggressive these automobiles are and never all people can drive them. However after I jumped into the Chiron, I used to be amazed at how straightforward it was to drive.”