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The Fastest Car – Bugatti Veyron

Written by Maqsood A. Rahim

Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

Product: Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 – a mid – engine tourer

Manufacturer: Bugatti Automobiles SAS, Molsheim, France

Editions: Veyron, Veyron 16.4, Pur Sang, Hermes, Sang Noir, Targa, Vincero Bleu Centenaire and Grand Sport (Convertible).

Production: This special Veyron concept car is produced at the main plant in Chateau St. Jean, Alsace, France. So far about 200 units are produced out of planned total 300 cars, which include all models.

Since introduction in the market, it is recognized worldwide as a technological feat, comparing it to the Concorde Supersonic civilian airliner.

The development of Veyron started in 1999. The Volkswagen Group, Fardinand Piech, announced to produce it at Geneva Motor Show 2000. It was stated to be the fastest car having a speed of 407 km/hr. with most powerful engine producing 736 kilowatts (987 bhp), generating 1250 Newton meters (922ft.lbs) of torque and said to be the most expensive car ever made.

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The development continued in 2001. The official car name confirmed as “Bugatti Veyron 16.4” and nick-named the production plant as “Atelier” (Artists Workroom). The new Chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder carried out major revisions and design modifications, engaging former Volkswagen Group Engineer, Wolfgang Schreiber.

Price:

The basic cost of Veyron is €1’100’000 net (UK £900’000 or US$ 1’500’000). A customer can request extra facilities, custom modifications and gadgets improvements. The cost of these additions can equal to that of a Rolls Royce Phantom.

Performance

Veyron turbo charged W16 Engine has 16 cylinders in 2 banks of eight, equivalent of two narrow angle V8 engine mated in “W” configuration. The valves total 64 (4 per cylinder), driven by 4 overhead camshafts. The engine’s four turbochargers displace 7993 cubic centimeters (488 cu in.)

The top speed was testified in 2005 and 2006 at Volkswagen Group’s private test track, and list 408 km/hr. (253.5 mph) or one-third the speed of sound at sea level. At top speed the fuel runs out in 12 minutes while tires wear out totally in 15 minutes.

The car’s normal speed is around 300 km/hr. at fast speed the car is very stable. As soon it crosses 200 km/hr., special hydraulics lower the car frame from 12.5 cms (5 inch) to 9 cms (3.5 inch) or 6.5 cms (2.6 inch) at top speed, while deploying the spoiler and the wing to help provide downward force for firmer road grip.

Fuel:

Veyron consumes more fuel than any other car. In casual driving it uses 40 liters per 100 kms and at low speeds 25 liters per 100 kms. at top speed it simply gulps 115 liters per 100 kms. and empties the tank in just 12 minutes.

Brakes:

Bugatti Veyron, as claimed, will come to a standstill from 400km/hr. in less than 10 sec. it employs special Silicon Carbide carbon fiber reinforced composite discs to resist brake fade, instead of conventional cast iron discs. At speeds over 200 km/hr. the rear wing locks at 55 degree angle, providing airbrake deceleration of 0.68 G (4.9 m/s2). It also has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) installed on handbrake, in case of brake failure.

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