After mesmerizing the entire world for a decade, the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse nicknamed the “La Finale” was sold to a private collector in Middle East, marking an end of an era for this very special beast.
For those who know the story of the Bugatti Veyron, what I am going to say next might not be that important or of an interest. But, for those who don’t know or want a bit of a refresh, Volkswagen green lighted the production of this physics-defying monster in 2005. Right out of the box, the Veyron was blazing fast. It immediately dethroned the legendary McLaren F1 as the world’s fastest production car by achieving a top speed record of 253 miles per hour.
Since then, every mainstream rapper, actor, sports celebrity, and influential figures in the automotive world have owned a Bugatti Veyron or one of its many special variants one time or another.
When launched, the main gravitational force in the Bugatti Veyron was its massive 8.0 L W16 engine, an engine like this was never created before and when Volkswagen AG announced its performance figures, people around the world were really astonished. If the displacement alone was not enough to blow your mind, Bugatti engineers added four turbos and enough intercoolers to propel a medium-size locomotive.
The engine in the original Bugatti famously made 1001 horsepower and more than 900 lb.ft. of torque. With further engine technology development over the decade, the engine in the 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, with help from larger turbos and intercoolers, generated 1200 horsepower and 1106 lb.ft. of torque. With its quick shifting, dual-clutch transmission and standard all-wheel-drive, the 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse reached 60 miles from 0 in 2.8 seconds and with the speed limiter removed, had a top speed of 268 miles per hour!
As always, all great things must come to an end (even if we like it or not) and with the sale of the “La Finale”, the book finally closed on the now legendary Bugatti Veyron.
Now, for the most important piece of this article, the engine, or rather, the construction of the engine. When this engine came into production, it was by far the most compact 16 cylinder engine in the world. So, if you ever wondered how the W16 was assembled, with its four turbos and intercoolers and all other great components in the engine, now is your chance. In this 5 minutes and 15 seconds video posted by You Tuber named “Cars”, you get to get a glimpse of how these components were assembled by hands of Bugatti master technicians in France. Though the video is not long and in-depth, it is sufficient enough to make you appreciate the awesomeness and the complexity of the W16 and the Bugatti Veyron in general, so, enjoy!
Video sourced from Cars via You Tube.