Bugatti Veyron 16.4

2006

  • The seventh gear of the Veyron kicks in at 236 mph. Above this speed, the tires have a life-expectancy of around 15 minutes!
  • Produced through a 16-cylinder turbocharged engine in a W-configuration, the 1,001 horsepower of this comfortable GT exceeds that of current Formula 1 cars....
  • Spurred on by Ferdinand Piëch, the Volkswagen group has revived a myth and given birth to the fastest, most powerful sports car in history.

1001 hp to break the 248 mph barrier... A car of superlatives, the Veyron dares to shatter even the most extreme supercar records. In a real technological feat, it exceeds current Formula 1 cars in power and flat-out speed, and all within the setting of a comfortable GT. In the absence of any four-wheeled competitors worthy of the name, only the supersonic Eurofighter has been able to make the 16.4 give way in a spectacular duel! Symbolic of the omnipotence and the exceptional technological mastery of the Volkswagen group, it also marks the revival of a most prestigious past.

The first dynasty of legendary Bugattis officially came to an end with the type 251, a Grand Prix single-seater which ran unsuccessfully in 1956, at the hands of driver Maurice Trintignant. Managing the factory since the death of Ettore in 1947, Roland Bugatti and Pierre Marco worked on developing the type 252 and the amazing Ettorette roadster, but the manufacturer's financial situation did not guarantee future production, and the failure of a 12-cylinder type 451 engine delivered the fatal blow in 1963. The marque then fell into the lap of the Messier-Hispano-Suiza group, the aircraft subsidiary of SNECMA.

A first rebirth took place at the start of the 1990s, thanks to the utopian vision of Romano Artioli, who bought the brand and formed the company Bugatti Automobili Spa. He and his army of specialists gave birth to the EB 110, an exceptional supercar. It was followed by the EB 112 prototype in 1993, a fantastic saloon car made of aluminum on a carbon chassis, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. But the spark of revival fizzled out and the company went into liquidation in 1997. A year later, spurred on by Ferdinand Piëch, the Volkswagen Group was next in line to buy up the famous marque, which was re-christened Bugatti Automobiles SAS. The manufacturer of the "people's car" thus treated itself to one of the legends of automotive history!

To be continued...