Unobtainium Maximus: The Bugatti Veyron | Speedhunters

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Bugatti Veyron

Unobtainium Maximus: The Bugatti

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Unless you in the Principality of Monaco, even a Veyron out in the open is a rarity in I’ve only ever one on the streets of Tokyo, the rest seen at motor shows. since its introduction in 2005 it has what hypercars are all about, never before heard of in a package that is reportedly as and as easy to drive as a VW Golf.

So you can my excitement when I was allowed to half an hour with in one of the Fuji Speedway (FSW) of all places.

Since we’ve our collaboration with MotorHead these sort of opportunities become plentiful. Takada-san – who the car-culture-oriented publication – is always to come up with unique to run in the pages of his mag.

The idea to do a … event at FSW with a has been one that has taken months to organize. Finding an willing to let a professional driver his brand new and prohibitively expensive car was one but the logistics and costs alone even more problematic. After renting out Fuji Speedway for a day is not exactly cheap. But one very and rather frozen morning month…

… it all came together. Takada-san me that the driving wouldn’t until after 10 am, so I made a to be at the circuit’s gates at 7 am. There was not a in hell I would have losing even one single opportunity of the Veyron and another car was brought to FSW at the same time. But on that particular car in a separate

Most humane people out settle for a ¥20,000 a day transporter Nippon Rent-a-car, already a in itself seeing just how the JDM flat-beds are. But that was not going to cut it. A four-car, fully race car trailer was rented for the the only way to move cars cost as much as a villa!

the Veyron was being unloaded and into the pits and right into the frozen pit lane, I in the background taking it all in. I hadn’t the W16 motor in one of these even up before, and just as expected, it all very muted; that drone flowing out of the big single-exit hinting at the towering performance lies within.

First on the schedule was to drive a couple of the first one stopping at various on the track to get potential cover for the mag. I followed too, to see what sort of vision had for his next cover. After a few it was decided that this spot was close to perfect, so his got a few angles to try and capture this scene of a Bugatti racing on

Car-to-car photography followed and the sun still pretty low on the horizon it all for some pretty awesome opportunities; not to mention the video was also being filmed at the time !

There was so much that it was one of the busiest on-location I’ve attended and an equally learning opportunity to see just how organized the Japanese are. budgets run this high second of the shoot is organized to the smallest details.

After were done it was my turn. I got my hour with this of a hypercar and  proceeded to snap from every conceivable I always love shooting in the of any race track, balancing light with the neons and at times when needed externals lights. This however I had to run around like

… but I didn’t care as opportunities this don’t pop up often!

I’m sure you have all realized this is actually the Grand version of the Veyron 16.4, by the removable targa top glass that in no way limits the top speed of the which still tops out at 408 (253+ mph), given a enough stretch of road.

the roof removed, the Grand is automatically limited to 369 km/h mph), making it the second convertible in the world. The fastest is the Grand Sport Vitesse, manages to hit the same speed as the roof or coupe versions. But all figures are so gargantuan they don’t make sense in the world!

What does sense is the presence of the car; it low and wide on those massive wheels which are painted in the deep blue hue as the lower of the carbon fiber body

Those wheels, said to $11,500 a piece, are shod in the tire that sports a 400 speed rating: the Michelin PAX System. 245/690 R520 at the and 365/710 R540 at the rear. A change of rubber will set a owner back $36,400, so a outing is pretty scary

The rest of the carbon fiber is painted in what has to be the smoothest paint I have ever it’s almost rubbery to the and it highlights the roundness of the design

One of the nicest details are the hydraulic that tilt the rear in a split second to the desired to help in both high stability or to act as an air brake when on the massive carbon ceramic The way they are integrated into the end of the car as well as the billet parts make up the various sections is a work of art in itself.

Literally no or detail in the car’s body is without a reason or a function, with the exemption of the legendary grille, something that to be integrated for obvious reasons.

The EB that are stamped on the fuel cover and the rear end stand for Bugatti, the Italian engineer and of Automobiles E. Bugatti. He opened the in France hence why it’s as a French brand.

A little shot of the center-exit exhaust, is joined by a few other ones under the one-piece carbon The Veyron is completely covered to eliminate turbulence and therefore

Compared to more eccentric at this price level, the Pagani Zonda or Huayra, the interior is almost sedate. and effective would probably be a suiting way to describe it; the quality of and construction is of course of the highest and there are a few nice touches the quilted leather seats…

… the brushed center console…

… and of the instrument binnacle. If it looks it is metal, starting from the of each of the five dials to all the dotted around the cabin.

… it’s this little dial has come to define the Veyron’s the power meter. The 1001 PS the 8 litre, W16, quad-turbo is said to be extremely conservative!

Oh and this car has only covered 544 km new, and that was after its out on track.

Gotta love the aluminum pedals!

I didn’t dare drop my big behind that seat, afraid the in my jeans would accidentally the soft hide. You can see the V-box that the MotorHead staff behind the seat to record the performance on track. Seiji who was hired to pilot the car, end up pushing to the limit, managing a lap while keeping at a somewhat pace.

My time with the Veyron was to an end, each minute by so quickly as I continued to circle the car in of the perfect angle.

The final I looked at was the exposed engine, or the exposed covers and plenums hide that mid-mounted W16 It almost didn’t look a conventional engine, but more some sort of future unit.

And with that, the was up. Mind you, throughout the I did manage to immortalize the Veyron in a of different spots like as it was first parked out onto the pit lane for the first set of images.

car really is all about presence…

… and so when it’s moving.

I have spent the whole flying from side to in the chase van to get these shots…

that was by far the highlight of the day so well the bruises!

The action continued on as Seiji Ara passed the car over to its who enjoyed taking his still new ride for a few spirited laps.

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