On Monday, almost exactly 7 months after the ground was broken for the new Bugatti studio in Molsheim-Dorlisheim (Alsace), the topping-out ceremony was held on the construction site, which is located not far from the historic Bugatti estate. Production of the Veyron 16.4*) is scheduled to begin in France before the end of this year.
Aided by the continual stretch of good summer weather, construction on the studio has gone much faster than was originally planned. After the building’s foundation was completed earlier this year, the reinforced concrete construction of the assembly shop practically shot up out of the ground in record time. And this, according to Bugatti construction boss Dr. Jürgen Strobel, despite the fact that the building plans were occasionally changed on short notice, causing some difficulties with the timetable.
As is tradition, the construction site foreman recited in rhyme the main events that took place during the building of the studio. The sheepish grins of the skilled workmen gathered revealed one thought: “...despite everything, we did it!”
Dr. Juergen Strobel, tasked by Bugatti to oversee the construction of the studio, was able to greet and have a drink with the approximately 150 invited guests. In addition to the mayors of the two communities of Molsheim and Dorlisheim, which have long traditional ties to Bugatti, Dr. Strobel took special pleasure in thanking the skilled workers who were ultimately responsible for seeing to it that this phase of the project was completed on schedule.
During his welcoming speech, Molsheim mayor Laurent Fuerst made it clear how important it is to the economy of the region that Bugatti has returned to the place where the firm began. He wished the company all the success in the future with the Veyron 16.4, the automobile that will proudly carry the name Bugatti into the 21st century. Visitors to the Bugatti website can follow the progress being made on the studio by clicking on the rubric “Atelier” via webcam, which will remain online until the end of the year. In the meantime, in the pictures which are actualized every 3 minutes, the oval form of the building, which is modeled after the Bugatti logo, is clearly recognizable.
Molsheim and Dorlisheim have long been connected with Bugatti. Left, mayor Gilbert Roth (Dorlisheim) and mayor Laurent Fürst (Molsheim)
*) Gearbox: 7 Gear DSG, fuel consumption combined: 24.9l/100km, fuel consumption in town: 41.9l/100km, fuel consumption out of town: 15.6l/100km, CO2 emission combined: 596g/km, Efficiency Class: G
Annual tax for this vehicle €1132
Energy costs at a mileage of 20,000 km:
Fuel costs (Super Plus) at a fuel price of 1.624 EUR/billing unit €8087.52
Created on: 11/30/2011
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