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Bugatti Veyron

The fastest and most expensive car ever.

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BY CSABA November 2005

When ripping along at 253 mph, mind is not drifting aimlessly. senses are cranked up to full to detect any hint of impending in the maelstrom of wind rush, thrum, mechanical thrash, and roar that surrounds

Is that slight shift in the wind caused by a body coming loose? Does vague vibration signal a starting to delaminate? Does subtle new mechanical whine a failing bearing that’s to lock up the powertrain?

No such developed on the Bugatti Veyron because it is not a half-baked aftermarket or road burner. It is a production car and tested to the standards of Volkswagen, parent company. With a top of 253 mph, it is also the fastest car ever built.

Production, of is a relative term. In the case of the Bugatti plans to build about 50 cars a year at a of 1 million, which is about as this is written. To this market Bugatti has brought an level of sophistication and engineering by the promise of 1001 metric (or 987 American horses) and a top speed of 252 a pledge from former VW Ferdinand Piлch when he the production-intent Veyron at the 2001 auto show.

Achieving horsepower in a racing engine is one but to do so in a reliable, refined, durable, and configuration is much harder. The in the Veyron is a WR16 displacing and turbocharged with 15.8 psi of You can think of it as two Passat WR8 engines put and pumped up by four turbos.

But the engine has more cylinders, displacement, more power per and more output overall any other engine in the WR family When I ask Bugatti development Wolfgang Schreiber to explain how the engine can be rated at 1001 SAE net at 6000 rpm for the U.S. but only 987 (1001 PS) for Europe, he laughs, The production engines are all putting out 1020 and 1040 PS, enough to both promises.

The engine’s torque peak is mighty at 922 pound-feet, developed 2200 and 5500 rpm. The small turbos minimize lag, and the 9.3:1 compression ensures reasonable torque before boost develops.

All twist required a dedicated The Veyron gets a King seven-speed version of VW’s gearbox, called DSG. the DSG available in the Audi TT, it operates an automatic mode or a full mode via paddle shifters.

gearchanges occur with one disengaging as the other engages, are uniformly smooth and swift.

about as much engine as two Corvette Z06 V-8s, it’s no that Bugatti engineers to go with all-wheel drive. We have many details the driveline, but the front-to-rear torque is automatically adjusted to suit conditions and can range from 100 to 0 at either end.

An engine, a turbocharged one, that four-digit power throws off heat than a dozen ovens. Consequently, in the nose of the are three coolant radiators, one exchanger for the twin air-to-liquid and two air-conditioning condensers. There are transmission and differential oil coolers on the side and a large engine-oil in the left-side air intake.

To help escape from the engine the big WR16 sits in the open, by no cover of any kind. This propels the 4300-pound Veyron as and gracefully as Tiger Woods a 300-yard drive.

My experience the car took place at Ehra-Lessien in Volkswagen’s test track and theme park not far from VW in Wolfsburg. At least it will become a theme park Bugatti plans to let Veyron bring their cars to 13.0-mile circuit to explore the top of their cars. In addition to out how fast the Veyron can go, I was a guinea pig for ultimate high-speed thrill

We started with two familiarization to get a feel for the track and the car. The is simple, with a pair of 150-mph corners connected by two straights,one of which has a slight so that it touches a common area.

With the Veyron’s high I couldn’t see any of the front bodywork the driver’s seat, but the view of the immediately in front of the car is excellent. The position is comfortable, with a sport seat that great lateral support and fore-and-aft and seatback-angle adjustments (a power seat will be

Even after it was lowered to my position, the steering wheel did not my view of the instrument cluster. And the Veyron’s low, 47.5-inch there was plenty of clearance my helmeted head and the headliner. promises the car will accommodate as tall as six foot seven.

the Veyron idles with a murmur, as soon as it starts you hear a symphony of mechanical that gives way to tire when you get above 100 mph, doesn’t take long. We had no to perform acceleration testing, but the with which the Bugatti past that speed is We predict about six seconds from a … stop.

more, the acceleration doesn’t when you hit triple-digit speeds. In my lap, I took the car up to about 185 at which point the tire was fairly loud but the Veyron was calm and relaxed. One reason it so secure is that when you hit 137 the Bugatti hunkers down, its normal ride height of 4.9 to 3.1 in front and 3.7 in the rear.

At the same a small spoiler deploys the rear bodywork and a wing about a foot, perched at a angle. Two underbody flaps of the front tires also up. This configuration produces downforce, about 330 pounds in and 440 in the rear at 230 mph.

Given it only takes about 500 to overcome the prevailing drag at 185 that leaves the 500 horses for acceleration duty. So when you your right foot at the Veyron’s surge of power you into the driver’s seat as hard as a Corvette’s does at 100 or a Ford Five Hundred’s at 40 mph. Accelerating from 185 to 230 on my lap didn’t take very and the car remained glued to the pavement, wind roar overcame thrumming to become the predominant

But 230 mph is about as fast as the Veyron go until you put the car into top-speed This involves coming to a and, while the car is idling, a key in a lock on the floor to the left of the seat. When you do that, the car down even lower on its until ground clearance has reduced to a mere 2.6 inches in and 2.8 in the rear.

This setup causes the front underbody to close and the rear spoiler and to retract, although the wing tilted out of the body at a slight angle. These changes the car’s drag coefficient 0.41 to 0.36, and they the peak downforce from 770 to 120

Before proceeding further, the is urged to verify visually all these aerodynamic changes taken place, as well as to the pressure in the special Michelin PAX Pilot Sport tires and them for any damage. Developing that could withstand mph while supporting up to 4800 of car, occupants, and downforce was one of the technical challenges of the Veyron, and by the comparative lack of concern the tires during my run, say this problem has been

Beyond this suggested there are a few catches in the procedure will make it hard to a top-speed run on public roads. the Veyron exceeds 35 mph, if you the steering wheel more 90 degrees, or so much as touch the the car’s configuration reverts to the mode. The reasons for this clear during my first lap. With downforce the Veyron no longer cut through the air some hyperkinetic fastball.

it meandered slightly, something to a swift knuckle ball.

I touched the car’s top-speed that was set at 253 mph (407.5 kilometers per on that first lap, but on the I held the car there for at least of the back straight’s five The combination of driveline noise, noise, and hurricane-force winds over the car must have deafening, but I don’t remember it, as I on keeping the gently meandering car the center of the track’s three

The straightaway was only 32 feet with a low highway-type guardrail at edge and dense forest One stretch of the straightaway didn’t have a guardrail on the outside of the just a grassy embankment sloped up at about 20 degrees for 30 feet toward the trees. the pavement and ending up in the trees was a twitch of the steering wheel

Fortunately, the Veyron’s steering is set up for such fast running. absolutely no slack on-center, and the responds with a gentleness makes it easy to feed in the corrections needed to keep the between the center lane’s lines without overcorrecting. I can see why Bugatti engineers don’t their customers to be passing on the autobahn at 200-plus mph in this mode.

When you lift off the at 253 mph, the aerodynamic drag slows the Veyron at 0.3 g. After that fast, dropping 200 suddenly seems utterly You could not only hold a conversation at 185 but also dial a phone at that pace. some money to keep an on retainer if you get one of these cars, double and triple the speed will quickly feel and normal.

You will likely experience this speed in bursts, which is why the Veyron’s brakes will come in The car is equipped with huge brakes: 15.7 inches in with eight-piston, four-pad and 15.0 inches in back six-piston, two-pad calipers. you step on the brakes at high the rear wing tilts up to a angle.

At 230 mph, this rear downforce to 1100 and adds as much as 2500 of drag. A panic stop at speed produces nearly g of initial deceleration,at least 50 more retardation than a 911 can generate at any speed.

With the top speed verified, jumped into the car to demonstrate the launch mode, which the engine to light up all four in a full-bore accel run. He the Veyron will sprint rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in than three seconds. this, we would conclude the car will likely run the quarter-mile in the 10s at about 140 mph for another production-car

Rational thought runs for its when faced with the of a car costing $1,250,000. But we have ourselves that the Veyron is the production car ever built. We it to be the quickest one as well.

It is strikingly beautifully finished, and brimming sophisticated and well-developed automotive

We’ve never driven any car that achieves and maintains speeds so confidently and effortlessly. will never be commonplace and surely be decorating the 18th at Pebble Beach within the few decades. If any automobile is worth than a million bucks, happy to nominate the Veyron

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Even at $1,250,000, the Veyron is not to earn a dime of profit for when development and tooling are counted up. But this outrageous supercar will certainly put the name back on the automotive map in a big way and set the stage for future Bugatti that will be less less expensive, sell in volumes, and perhaps make for the marque.

In an interview in the German Auto Motor und Sport, Bscher, the head man at Bugatti, has the Veyron is only an investment in the We will make no money it. That must come a new model.

Bscher envisioned a Bugatti sports car, two four seats, costing e100,000 ($125,000), with a run of maybe 2000 vehicles a The new model would use components the VW Group, he added, possibly Bentley even, where a car will not be competing with the cars. The new Bugatti may be fitted a VW engine.

Should such a new model for 2008, Bugatti predicts the would be making a profit the year.

That will for an unconventional Bugatti lineup, one model costing about 10 as much as the other one. It also make Bugattis cheaper and more expensive the other ultra-luxury marques in the fold, Bentley and Lamborghini. marketing problems will prove more challenging the actual design and engineering of the higher-volume Bugatti.

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Model Vehicle Top Speed (mph)

2005 Bugatti Veyron 253 Car and Driver

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2002 Pagani Zonda S 208 Auto

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR 207 Auto Motor und Sport

Porsche Carrera GT 207 Auto und Sport

Most cars and on this list have verified by magazine tests or independent observers. The only is the Saleen S7, which we strongly can achieve its sixth-gear redline at 223 especially in the later turbocharged See that there is only one having 2 cars in this top 10!


Vehicle mid-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, coupe

Base price:

Engine type: quad-turbocharged and DOHC 64-valve W-16, block and heads, direct injection

Displacement: 488 cu in, 7998cc

(SAE net): 1001 bhp @ rpm

Torque (SAE net): 922 @ 2200 rpm

Transmission: 7-speed with

automated shifting and

Length/width/height: 175.8/78.7/47.5 in

Curb 4300 lb

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