Whether it’s top speeds or super-expensive speedometers – hypercar manufacturer Bugatti holds records that make Bugatti lovers notice too.
10. Six times more billionaires than Veyrons
Hypercars are exclusive by definition. This also applies to Bugatti. In fact, the brand has only built two production models since it was acquired by the Volkswagen Group in 1998: the Veyron and the Chiron. The former is one of the biggest changes in the history of sports cars and came out of the production halls in Molsheim (Alsace) as early as 2005 with 1000 hp. Despite strong demand, the Franco-German hyper-sports car manufacturer ended production of the Veyron after just ten years and 450 vehicles built. Ergo, there are now six times more billionaires than Veyron in the world. The hope of many of the super rich to someday call a Bugatti for their lives, especially in the form of Chiron. The 1500hp successor was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 and another 50 have been built to date (500 units). By the way: those who wait should hardly feel a lack of mobility. The average Bugatti owner has 84 cars, three jets and a yacht.
9. A set of tires for 38,000 euros
Hyper sports cars like the Chiron put people and materials to the test. An important safety aspect are high-speed tires. Bugatti relies on specially developed semi-slicks (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) for the black rubber. These must reach extremes: the heavy all-wheel drive of 1995 accelerates to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds and 300 km / h is reached in 13.6 seconds. At a maximum speed of 420 km / h, centrifugal forces of more than three tons act on each wheel. Despite the values reminiscent of Formula 1, the tire should be as comfortable as possible and travel up to 4000 kilometers without a “pit stop”. Cost: around 38,000 euros per set of tires. After nearly 10,000 km, four new rims are also planned. However, Bugatti offers an annual service package for the equivalent of 25,000 euros. All included!
Bugatti holds many records. Le Mans winner and Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace drove one for eternity on August 2, 2019. With a Chiron set for top speed, Wallace hit 490.4km / h on the VW Ehra-Lessien test track . A short time later, Bugatti retired from high-speed racing. As a final farewell to the competition, the French have revealed further details on the record attempt. On the test track in Nevada, where for example the Koenigsegg Agera RS was tested, it would have been possible to reach speeds of up to 515 km / h thanks to the higher position and the relative low air pressure.
7. Nine times on the moon
The current “Bugatti series” is considered a true carbon fiber work of art. The monocoque of the Chiron and the entire rear section are made of carbon, which once again reduces the overall weight compared to the Veyron. “If all the fibers used in the monocoque were arranged continuously, they would cover nine times the distance between the earth and the moon,” explained Bugatti at the launch of the vehicle.
6. Six times bigger catalysts
Chiron’s catalytic converters are an engineering masterpiece and about six times larger than a “normal” car. By adding the total surface of the honeycomb catalyst material, an area of 2,478,562 square meters is obtained. To illustrate: this would cover a football field 30 times or the whole Europa-Park 2.5 times.
5. Brakes from the 3D printer
How does a two-ton Chiron actually stop when it’s blasting down the straight at 400km / h? That’s right, with a phenomenal braking system. The eight-piston titanium monobloc calipers are the first of their kind to be produced on a 3D printer. As a result, the Chiron brake system is not only 40% lighter than traditional aluminum brakes, it also has the largest and most powerful brake caliper of any production vehicle.
4. The mystery of the speedometer
If a “ready to go” Bugatti isn’t expensive and rare enough for you, you can tick a box when you configure the vehicle to have one-carat diamonds set in the speedometer. If you’re wondering why you’ve never seen a diamond encrusted Bugatti speedometer, then you’re like us. It is impossible to find a credible photo of the noble speedometer on the Internet. Also, the manufacturer is silent about how many customers actually choose this option. But even without an additional option, diamonds can be found in the Chiron, albeit somehow hidden. Each of the Accuton sound system’s four tweeters is equipped with a one-carat diamond diaphragm to ensure optimum sound quality.
3. Unrivaled painting
In any case, Bugatti cannot be accused of saving anywhere. The brand is dedicated to every single element of the design, development and production process. This also applies to the painting of the Divo “Lady Bug”. The designers spent two years creating an intricate and most authentic diamond pattern for the exterior of the car. The 1,600-diamond diamond pattern is meant to commemorate its namesake, the ladybug. But the paint job has nothing to do with luck – a difference of one millimeter is enough to destroy the overall appearance of the optics. For a clean visual finish, the diamonds also need to fit snugly against the roofline, doors and rear edge of the fender. The work on this automotive masterpiece is therefore a symbiosis of design, art and technology and in the spirit of founder Ettore Bugatti, who once said: “If it’s comparable, it’s not a Bugatti”.
2. An air conditioner for an entire apartment
Those who drive on the track up to 400 km / h must keep the engine temperature under control and at the same time remain calm. In order for this to be successful, Bugatti engineers have developed a new cooling system for the Chiron. This should meet the customer’s needs and reach the desired cabin temperature as quickly as possible without disturbing the engine noise. This is made possible by a specially developed cooling system, which would be able to cool an 80 square meter apartment with its performance.
1. Officially the most beautiful
Bugatti not only launched extremely fast hypercars, but also the coolest ones – and quite officially. Last fall, a jury of leading automotive designers voted the Bugatti Bolide as the most beautiful hypercar in the world at the 36th Paris International Automobile Festival. “The car was a whole new challenge for our design team and a kind of thought experiment where we reduced the car to its core W-16 quad-turbo and rebuilt it with the bare minimum to create the Most extreme Bugatti ever, “said design director Achim Anscheidt after the event.
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