After going back through a past I did a while back on the rumoured BMW M8, my interest in the Bugatti Veyron was renewed, so I did a little digging on it.
Irresponsible. That’s my first reaction. Anyone who designs a car that burns 5l of fuel per minute should be called irresponsible. When that same engine produces 1000hp, you call them sir. When it costs a million pounds, you probably don’t call them. If you know a little about cars, specifically the close knit relationship between fuel and air, you know that a car needs to swallow a whole lot of air to burn fuel. An 8l V8 engine swallows 24ooo litres of air to make 500hp. That’s a big engine. Now image an engine big enough to make double that. Holy hell in a handbag.
The smart people at Bugatti managed to keep the engine size down by mashing two v8 engines together to create a W8. (the two Vs make a W). They tickled it with a turbo charger. They bolted on the mother of all transmissions. It has always on all wheel drive. It’s a serious chunk of metal.
* A W-16 engine that can produce 1,001 horsepower
* A top speed of 250+ mph (400+ kph)
* A zero-to-60mph time of three seconds
* A zero-to-180mph time of 14 seconds
* A price tag somewhere in the $1.2 million range.
Once all the mechanical details were taken care of, the designers dressed it for the ball, and what a pretty girl she is!
If you wanted to take her out on a date, maybe just one date, you can rent one for £15,000 a day. I was planning to waffle on and on about the Veyron, but I’ve been too busy staring at pictures of it. Quite literally. Just starting.