Bugatti 16.4 Veyron
Bugatti 16.4 Veyron, one of the most expensive and fastest super cars, introduced Volkswagen AG, the owner of the Bugatti brand, to the market in 2005. The car's name was given to a part of Pierre Veyron, the winner of the 1939 Le Mans race, racing for Bugatti. The car is driven at a maximum speed of 420 km/h.
The Super Sport version of the model drove at a maximum speed of 431 km/h, breaking the speed record of SSC Ultimate Aero TT, temporarily invalidated for removing the speed limiter, and then restored, after finding that there was no interference with the engine. The basic version reaches 408.47 km/h, while the Grant Sport Vitesse version reaches 408.84 km/h in the open roof category. This is one of the fastest cars in the world.
History of the car
Originally a concept car from 1999, the EB 18/3 Chrion, shown in Tokyo, whose only difference from the final version was the engine. 2001 and Geneva are already the announcement of the fastest car in history, made by the CEO of Volkswagen AG. The car was to be equipped with a W16 dual V motor. Declared power of 1001 hp, speed of 408 km/h and price of 1 million Euro.
The development of the vehicle lasted until 2005, as it was not without obstacles. Achieving maximum speed was a problem, one prototype was destroyed in an accident, another dropped out of the track during a public presentation in California. The changes that pushed the project forward did not happen until 2003, when the management of the group and Bugatti itself changed. However, when it was introduced into series production, it turned out to be completely unprofitable.
Veyron was compared to Concorde as its total production cost was €6 million, with a sales price six times lower. This was one of the reasons for resigning from further car production in 2015. The second reason was his successor's advanced project.
The assumed speed was not reached with the first test pieces, but only after the aerodynamics of the car had been redesigned. The work lasted until 2005, when it reached 400 km/h, and then on the Ehra-Lessien Volkswagen AG test track, with the participation of James May, editor of Top Gear, the vehicle reached 407.8 km/h.
Bugatti Veyron takes 2.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h. Higher, i.e. 200 km/h and 300 km/h, 7.3 km/h and 16.7 km/h respectively. Next to Dauer Le-Mans 962, it is the fastest car in history at the time of production. Combustion, however, can be terrifying, as it is 40.4/24.1/14.7 l per 100 km, and at the maximum speed of 125 l/100 km.
For daily driving, the settings limit the speed to 375 km/h, which can be removed by yourself when the lock is removed, but only when the car is stopped. The hydraulic system works automatically and at speeds above 220 km/h it reduces the ground clearance to 8.9 cm while extending the rear spoiler. When driving without limits, the ground clearance is reduced to 6.6 cm, the spoiler does not extend and the front diffusers close. Restrictions are electronically controlled to protect tyres.
Veyron has drilled and ventilated carbon brake discs and calipers are equipped with titanium pistons (8). According to Bugatti, on road tyres the car brakes with a delay of 1.3 g (12.75 m/s²). However, due to the wing, the car will brake with a delay of up to 0.6 g (5.88 m/s²) and is able to stop at maximum momentum in less than 10 seconds. Importantly, the force is evenly distributed over all wheels so that the car does not deviate from the track even if the driver lets go of the steering wheel.
The production of the car was completed in 2015 after 450 Coupe and 150 Roadster cars. The successor was Bugatti Chiron, with a 1500 hp engine, maximum speed of 463 km/h and a price of approx. 2.9 million Euro.