BUGATTI VEYRON

Most probably, the word supercar wouldn't have been truer if the Bugatti Veyron did not exist. It is simple the most exciting piece of machinery on the planet today and there are simply no words to describe the marvel that is this car. This car is most unique because of the sheer power and the jaw-dropping speeds capable outside of the Formula 1 circuit. Also because this is the only passenger car in the world with such an impressive feature list. And with a cool price tag that can set you back by around $1.4 million. Already drooling, are we?

The development on this supercar began in 1999 after a display of the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept car. This was the basis for the chassis of the now in production Veyron but had a massive 18 cylinder engine (W18). This time the chief designer was Hartmut Warkuss . After the display of the concept Bugatti Veyron, Volkswagen announced the new Veyron with a new 16 cylinder engine ( instead of the previous 18 cylinder) at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show. This marked the beginning of the most expensive and powerful passenger car to ever hit the road with a power output of nearly 1001 horsepower and a top speed of around 407 km/hr.

As the work started on the Veyron, engineers started to realize the difficulty of the targets they had set for themselves. First prototypes were not even close to the targets set by them and raised questions of viability of the whole exercise itself. It all started with the engine that was the mainstay of this car. How to fit 16 cylinders into a passenger vehicle. A normal 16 cylinder engine would be quite massive and would result in the increasing the weight of the car. So, they came up with the unique idea of placing two V8 engines in-line with each other. This created the W we see in the W16 configuration. It is actually 2 V's merged together to resemble a W.

Next came the gearbox. The gearbox that is present on most cars is not capable of withstanding the effects of such an engine. So, the engineers spent the best part of 5 years to perfect this gearbox. The clutch was another issue. For this massive vehicle, the clutch cannot be handled by the driver. This had to be automated in order to extract the best performance. The clutch system on the Veyron can switch gears in less than 0.2 seconds. Apart from this, there is also the all-wheel drive system which prevents the frequent wheel spins likely to be caused by the 1000 bhp engine by distributing the power to all wheels evenly.

The final issue was with the top speed. The engineers were at their wits end and could not manage to get the last 30kmph of the 407kmph target top speed. This is where they applied aerodynamics in every possible part of the body of the car. Be it the door mirrors, the doors themselves, the rear spoiler.

Bugatti is and will remain a truly astonishing vehicle. Cars will come and go but no one is going to come near the Veyron. It is a feather in VW's cap and shows the progress technology has made.

If you can't afford one, you might be able to rent a bugatti veyron for a day or two, just to feel the rush?