The Bugatti Veyron. Speed Made Solid

In this world there are many sports cars but there is one that surely stands out above the rest. Made by a maker that has been specialising in motor racing since the internal combustion engine was invented Bugatti (albeit owned by Volkswagen) produced something incredible for the road in 2000 the Veyron. Although production was halted in 2014 it remains the fastest street legal car that there is commercially available. With a price tag of £1,665,000 it’s not in everyone’s price range but you could have a nice picture of it for your Sportscar Lap tray as its one of the many choices that are available from Let’s look at this technological marvel and see why it was voted car of the decade 2000 to 2009.

Bugatti Veyron

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The Veyron is named after the famous racing driver Pierre Veyron. He was a Bugatti test and Formula one driver from the early years of 1933 to 1953 so he basically saw and competed through the pre-war and post Formula one years. Pierre never had to deal with the speeds of the Veyron though. If the Veyron sport versions can reach speeds of 254 miles per hour that would put one easily able to burn off any early design Bugatti race and Formula One car. The way that the car was able to do this was mainly due to the 8-litre engine and with a quad turbocharger. This equates to a tremendous amount of power to weight ratio. It’s not just the engine that contributes to the speed. When the car exceeds 140 miles per hour it immediately lowers itself using its sensors to set it just 9 centimetres above the road surface. This increased downforce, much like a formula one car gives the car incredible grip and speed.

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One of the reasons it is so expensive it’s not as if you can pop some basic tyres on the car you have to have the Michelin PAX run-flat tyres and they can only be fitted by a specialist engineer in France. You can’t pop it into the local National Tyres or Kwik Fit. The brakes are a work of art. Whereas most of us use a cast iron pad the Veyron uses a ceramic disc that is cross drilled to reduce the effects of wetness. It also means the pads will not slip when you apply them. That’s a very important point especially if you’ve got the thing up to 250 miles per hour.

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