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November 19, 2004
by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.; Volkswagen
Ferdinand Pich (bottom left) ran the VW group when it bought the defunct Bugatti name. Karl-Heinz Neumann (top right) got the nod to bring the Veyron to life. Bernd Pischetsrieder (bottom right) current VW chairman, test-drove the Veyron and demanded, at the last moment, significant beefing-up. Also pictured, is Ettore Bugatti (top left).
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.; Volkswagen
The Power of the W
The Veyron's 16-cylinder engine is based on the innovative "W" design introduced in the 2003 Volkswagen Passat. The Veyron's version features two 90-degree V8s offset by 15 degrees. The offset allows each cylinder to be placed close to its neighbor, which reduces the total size of the massive 8.0-liter engine. A Formula 1Ã¢a¬style dry-sump lubrication system keeps the engine moving smoothly. It's easier to spin many small turbochargers than one or two large ones, so Bugatti employs four turbos to reduce boost lag.
The strategy works: The engine creates 922 lb.-ft. of torque at only 2,200 rpm.
by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
Not independently verified.
Top Speed: 252 mph; 0Ã¢a¬62 mph:
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
by Bugatti Trust
"Nothing is too beautiful, too expensive." Ettore Bugatti (top left) built some of the world's most gorgeous cars, including the 1936 Type 57S Atlantic.
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