One of the most legendary names in automotive history is Bugatti, even though the original company ceased production in the early 1950s. In the late 1980s however, the marque was revived for the first time, which resulted in a brief production of the EB110 supercar. Shortly after, the company went bankrupt and the rights to the name were purchased by Volkswagen. In the following years VW set out to relaunch the brand with the introduction of a variety of concept cars. Eventually the mid-engined Veyron supercar was chosen to be developed as the all-new Bugatti road car.
Compared to the relatively simple Bugatti designs of old, the Veyron is packed with complex technology. Four Turbos, sixteen cylinders and sixty-four valves are some of the incredible figures that set the new car apart. Early in its development process, disclosed performance figures were even more staggering; 1001 bhp and a sub-14 second 0 - 300 kph acceleration time. This is made possible by the quad-Turbo W16 engine that powers all wheels through a seven speed semi-automatic gearbox. Despite a seven figure price tag, the company was confident the new car would find sufficient demand.
It all looked very good on paper, but the ambitious project suffered a number of setbacks during the development process. An initial launch date of late 2003 was not met, and was postponed several times after. In this period the Veyron slowly changed from a much-anticipated new car to somewhat of a laughing stock, and many were skeptical about the development ever coming to completion. Eventually the production-ready car was launched in the summer of 2005, with the first customers expected to receive their cars later in the year. The hand built cars will be produced in a specifically constructed factory in Molsheim, France.
Before the production version was launched, eleven prototypes were extensively tested in the same gruelling conditions regular road cars are first put through their paces. Several of these covered well over 50,000 miles to verify the reliability matches the performance. Despite the delays, Bugatti has managed to meet their goal set back in 2001, which was confirmed at the Ehra - Lessien Volkswagen proving grounds where a production Veyron topped out at 407 km/h (253 mph). The stellar acceleration figures are only outdone by the braking abilities; assistance from an airbrake and the massive carbon fibre discs can bring the car to a halt from its top speed in less than 10 seconds.
The annual Pebble Beach weekend formed the perfect setting for the production Veyron's American launch. The company's CEO, Dr. Thomas Bscher was on hand to give (potential) customers a first look and feel for the car. Two days before the official Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance launch, the dark coloured Veyron is seen here at the exclusive 'Quail, a Motorsports Gathering.' Livered in what a Bugatti spokesperson described as a typically American colour combination, the metallic blue and white Veyron is shown here at the Concept Car Corral at Pebble Beach.
in fact veyron has 3000hp.1000 goes to the wheels,1000 for cooling system and 1000 is useless
the fastest road car is a Mercedes from 1938, that went 433KM/H
Here if y'all dont belive it---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W195
Thats "Tha S***"
Greatest Car Ever
The thing I love about this car, is the fact that they (Bugatti) didn't comprimise on their goals. They said that the car was going to have 1000hp, and that it would reach 250mph. They said it have 1000hp, and still be driveable. They said it would be aerodynamic, AND look good (something the Ferrari Enzo couldn't achieve). They said it would be heavy, but would still handle.
No matter how much they got rubbished by everybody in the development of this car, they pressed on, and built the car without comprimise. They are now losing money on every one they sell. But I don't really think that really matters. They have truly pushed the boundaries of current engineering capability, and that is worth more than profit.