This past Saturday was very special for the Bugatti engineers. After countless checks and test drives, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4*) was finally ready to prove its qualities on the street for the first time. Not on just any street, but rather on the Laguna Seca race track in Monterey, California.
Several thousand visitors to the “Monterey Historic Automobile Races” excitedly awaited the appearance of the new Bugatti – and it was an appearance fit for a Bugatti. Normally, races at Laguna Seca are only run by oldtimers built before the year 1972. However, this year for the first time there was a “Bugatti Grand Prix” in which about 40 of the legendary Bugatti sports cars took part, and naturally the most powerful Bugatti sports car ever built, the Veyron 16.4.
In a unique way on Saturday, the past and the future of the Bugatti brand became one. On the one hand, seldom have so many Bugatti vehicles – beginning with the Type 13 “Brescia” , all the way to the Type 57G “Tank” – taken part in a race together, and on the other hand, this was the first public demonstration of the automobile that will lead the brand into the 21st century.
What appealed most to those who saw the Veyron for the first time was not simply its elegant design, but more the fact that even though it has 736 kW (1,001 hp) under its hood, it did not enter the track like some muscle-bound monster, its engine roaring aggressively. It entered the track like the true thoroughbred it is, a super sports car with all the power and elegance of a Bugatti.
Both visitors to the event and the media were equally impressed by the new car. More than once, Bugatti President, Dr. Karl Heinz Neumann, had to dictate for the reporters, notes the Veyron’s advantages, explaining in front of running cameras why the Veyron is truly the worthy successor to Bugatti’s long series of winning sports cars. “We are convinced”, said Neumann, “that if Ettore Bugatti were to build a car using today’s know-how and technologic possibilities, he would build a car just like the Veyron.” This fact becomes more obvious the closer you look at the parallels between how the “Patron” from Molsheim designed and built cars and the way the Veyron is built. For example, he designed and constructed the first 16-cylinder automobile engine. The Veyron is powered by a W16 8 liter aggregate. Ettore realized early in his career that weight was the enemy of every sports car, and built his cars accordingly. The Veyron has a light-weight carbon-fiber monocoque construction, and even has special weight-saving, yet extremely hard titanium screws. Finally, during the great races of the 20s and 30s, one thing always characterized Bugatti cars – their ability to hold the road. It’s no different today, as the Veyron with its 4-wheel transmission demonstrated on the track in Monterey. Just as during Ettore’s time, Bugatti is again setting new standards for the automobile industry.
*) Gearbox: 7 Gear DSG, fuel consumption in town: 41.9l/100km, fuel consumption out of town: 15.6l/100km, fuel consumption combined: 24.9l/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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