A 2019 Bugatti Chiron races down state Highway 75 north of Ketchum on Saturday during the timed trials of the annual Sun Valley Tour de Force racing event. Pushed to the limit by Bugatti professional driver Butch Leitzinger, the car broke all previously recorded speeds at Phantom Hill, reaching a top speed of 253.01 mph. The high-speed runs showcased supercars, exotics and vintage automobiles that were given the green light to go as fast as they could on a closed section of the highway. The Tour de Force featured more than 200 automobiles, which were displayed around Ketchum Town Square on Friday. “It’s only our second year and the event has more than doubled in the number of people and cars,” event co-director Whitney Slade said. “We had folks travel over 3,000 miles to attend, many of them first-time visitors to Sun Valley. … We are excited to keep adding new events to the weekend, bringing on new partners and drivers and, most importantly, giving back to nonprofit organizations making positive impacts in our community.” The selected beneficiary of this year’s event is Idaho BaseCamp. 


Crowds gather on Sun Valley Road to view a 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and other exotic vehicles. The Lamborghini reached a speed of 215.11 mph at Phantom Hill on Saturday.

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