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Manufacturing the Veyron

The studio, located near the former and current Bugatti offices at Château Saint Jean, is the newly created production site for the Veyron 16.4*), Bugatti’s latest super-sportscar.

The architectural layout of the studio, developed by Gunter Henn, cites the oval form of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti’s constructions as well as the company’s logo. The building has an aluminum shell and rests on a dark concrete foundation that is set slightly back. This lends a feeling of lightness to the elliptical, 76 x 45-meter steel construction, making it seem to be almost floating in air. Three building modules partly inserted into this construction protrude beyond the attached production hall, creating an image similar to that of the Veyron’s middle engine. The super-sportscar is assembled in the oval main building. In addition to the engine pre-assembly, there are three assembly stations where Veyrons are assembled entirely by hand (one car at each station). The black modules house separate testing facilities, where each car is painstakingly checked so as to guarantee its perfect technical condition before the keys are handed over to its new owner. The work stations, machines, equipment, and floors of the studio are distinguished by the same orderliness and tidiness that Ettore Bugatti maintained at his production site. Floor-to-ceiling windows with vertical, adjustable shades made of perforated metal panels offer a spectacular view of the Vosges Mountains.

The driveways and gates leading to the studio, just like the main building itself, seem more appropriate for a museum than for a manufacturing plant. The studio is an attempt to translate Ettore Bugatti’s aesthetic standards into modern architecture, and the result is a building complex that transcends its mere functionality – just like Ettore Bugatti’s engine sculptures. Thus, the studio mirrors the uncompromising drive for perfection which has revived the Bugatti brand.

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The high window facade offers a beautiful view of the Vosges Mountains and guarantees perfect lighting.

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*) 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
The values were calculated using the prescribed measurement method (§ 2, numbers 5, 6, 6 per car energy labeling ordinance in its current version).CO2 emissions, which result from the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC. The figures do not refer to a specific vehicle and are not part of the offer, but only serve the purpose of comparing different vehicle types. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a vehicle not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but also on driving style and other non-technical factors. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Notice pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC of each current valid version: For more information on official fuel consumption and the specific official CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be acquired from the "Guide for Fuel Economy, CO2 Emissions and Power Consumption of New Passenger Cars" available at all sales outlets and at DAT German Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, D-73760 Ostfildern – available free of charge or at www.dat.de. Efficiency classes of vehicles are evaluated in terms of CO2 emissions by means of the vehicle's empty weight. Vehicles that correspond to the average are classified as D. Vehicles that are better are graded with A+, A, B or C. Vehicles that are worse than the average are given an E, F or G.