The ‘Concorde’ moment for cars, the Bugatti Veyron.
When Volkswagen purchased the trademark rights of Bugatti, back in 1998, the German giant had set up goals for the still to be conceived Veyron. Not only did VW want to revive the Molsheim-based marque, it also conjured up the unimaginable. Ferdinand Piëch, chairman of the VW Group, wanted to create history and break all records out there for anything on four wheels. What came out of his rather over-ambitious decision, was to be the ultimate automobile ever created by man, an absolute tour de force, showcasing sheer engineering brilliance and an almost anal attention to detail. This, was the birth of a car that would re-write automotive history and usher in technology that most of us didn’t know even existed. This car, is the Bugatti Veyron!
Bugatti is now a subsidiary of the massive VW Group.
Out of the total 4 versions of this hypercar and a few exclusive editions that came along, Bugatti only envisaged a maximum of 450 examples for production. Since 2005, when the very first Veyron was introduced, it took the company almost a decade to come out with the final car, the 450th. This final car is, in most probability a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The Grand Sport Vitesse is basically in essence, the convertible form of the Super Sport. The Super Sport entered the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest production road legal car, reaching an acclaimed top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph)! To put that into perspective, a Jumbo jet takes-off at around 250 km/h; the Veyron needs just a nibbling 275 horses from its massive 8.0-litre W16 engine to reach that speed. No sweat.
This 8.0-litre quad-turbo 16-cylinder 1200 bhp engine is an upgraded version of the original W16.
The Veyron Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse are the later variants of the original Veyron and the Super Sport, respectively. Both of these cars are meant to be open-top touring cars, and the Grand Sport Vitesse comes with the same 1200 bhp engine and improved dynamic package of the Super Sport. The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the world’s fastest convertible and can hit a whopping 408 km/h without it’s roof! And, the tonne mark is dispatched in under 2.6 seconds. Incredible, since the Veyron isn’t a lightweight sportscar and weighs almost 2 tonnes! All these amazing creations, account for just 450 total units ever produced by Bugatti and the final example, a Grand Sport Vitesse, was sold recently. It saddens us a bit, to know that the car that started it all, will be no more. But, for all the fans of this incredible machine, fear not; Bugatti is hot on the heels of the Veyron’s successor.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – The undisputed king of speed! “Bow-down”
Grandfather and grandson posing for the camera.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti, told the German media that the successor to the Veyron could take a while. Dürheimer is of the belief that the Veyron is mostly bought by people who collect art, and the Veyron truly is a work of art and that art takes time to create. We are absolutely there with you on that, Dürheimer. As we reported earlier in one of our articles, the next Bugatti hypercar will supposedly churn out an incredible 1500 bhp out of its octa-litre W16 engine. This engine will be based on the current W16, but mostly with some extra modifications and tweaks. Most noticeably, the engine is reported to be equipped with electrically operated turbochargers for greater efficiency and power output.
Adieu Bugatti Veyron and thank you for enthralling us for a decade!
Dürheimer said that the new car is to do everything better than its predecessor. Obviously, how do you improve upon something that’s already the best at what it does? Only time will tell. Keep a close eye on Motoroids and we will keep you posted on the next great from the stables of Bugatti.
But before you go, take a look at this video and remind yourself of this car’s immense capabilities and witness the Bugatti Veyron at its absolute best!
Source – Auto Motor und Sport