Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: Better make room for this Bugatti

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Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: Better make room for this Bugatti-grand

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With a white Bugatti in Africa. During the test drives, the super sports car was admired like a messenger from another part of the world.

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Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: Better make room for this Bugatti-grand

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The roof of the car can be removed, but you can no longer drive above 400 km / h.

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Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: Better make room for this Bugatti-vitesse

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At 375 km / h it is over with the roof removed.

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Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: Better make room for this Bugatti-veyron

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During a break, pictures are taken of the residents of this village.

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Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: Better make room for this Bugatti-veyron

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The sight most drivers will see on German roads: the Vitesse from behind.

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From August, Bugatti will be offering the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. It has 1200 hp and speeds 415 km / h. Buy it. Or get to safety when the super sports car approaches

D.he sad truth is: The (old) Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with 1001 hp is simply too fast for this world. With a speed that is around 60 km / h above that of Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel during his qualifying lap for a race, you can’t just drive around anywhere like that. Not even in the most remote regions of the world. Or is it??

Where termite castles like oversized molehills serve as orientation aids, glaring sunlight bleaches the tropical earth and constant westerly winds drive the sadness of the African soul out onto the Indian Ocean, only a few streets divide the wasteland of South Africa.

Here it is inhospitable enough for the engineers to test an automobile like the exceptional Bugatti Veyron sports car. Because here they remain undisturbed. They try out a two-seater that is a symbol of the human pursuit of maximum performance like no other, the most powerful roadster in automotive history, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

I taste the exclusivity of the roadster

I accompany the Bugatti engineers, look over their shoulders during quality assurance and taste the exclusivity of the superlative roadster.

After seven years of construction, all 300 units of the small series Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with 1001 hp engine output have been sold. Finally, for particularly elite customers, the Bugatti manufacture is launching 150 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport with a closed carbon fiber monocoque and, from August, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with a removable glass roof.

The special thing about it: the coupe and roadster are fired by the performance-enhanced 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine, a mid-engine that produces well over 3000 hp in order to send 1200 hp to four drive wheels. They allow mileage with the term "breathtaking ”are insufficiently described.

They truly elevate driving to one "extraterrestrial “experience. This experience burns most intensely with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse roadster. It should reach the first customers from August.

It sounds like a thunderstorm is approaching

Anyone who gets lost in the test engineers’ area will initially notice a deep thud and suspect an approaching thunderstorm or even an approaching herd of elephants. But then two headlights emerge at the intersection of the horizon and the shimmering asphalt. You can hear the engine singing, and then everything goes very quickly.

The 1998 millimeter wide and 1190 millimeter flat super sports car roars up, driving a shock wave in front of it. The engine roars infernal, the sharp hiss of four turbochargers lays loudly over it. Then he whips past with a fighting weight of 1,882 kilos. Not a jet jet that flies under the radar surveillance, but the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse on a test drive.

The steering wheel of the prototype with development number 1.2 is mostly carried by Jens Schulenburg, Bugatti development engineer from the very beginning. "There is hardly a detail in this roadster that cannot be considered a superlative, ”he says.

The engineer thinks less about performance data and top speeds, the directly tangible dimensions of the Vitesse‘s dynamic driving superiority. Rather, he means the high-quality assemblies, the smooth interaction of which stages the wondrous world of mechanical, thermodynamic and aerodynamic processes. It’s about perfection, nothing else.

The most expensive roadster must not show any weaknesses

The strongest, fastest and most expensive roadster in the world cannot afford to be weak. To ensure product quality, Bugatti development engineers push preproduction models to their material and functional limits.

Here, on the lonely roads of the Eastern Cape, the snow-white prototype 1.2 has to prove that the temperature and starting behavior of the sixteen-cylinder quad turbo unit meet the high quality standards, that its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission changes gear quickly and gently, that materials can only be used within narrowly defined limits Limits react to temperature fluctuations so that even extreme dust developments do not impair the complex functionality of all components, but also do not affect travel comfort.

Jens Schulenburg and colleagues try out every imaginable driving profile in the wilderness of South Africa. They sound out the limits of resilience in order to rule out weaknesses in the customer’s hands.

At 300 measuring points, nickel-chromium-nickel thermocouples record the temperatures of the main and auxiliary units, liquids and air flows before and after they flow through coolers. They also measure the temperature behavior of dampers and the leather-covered dashboard.

A data logger between the seats saves them and keeps a kind of technical diary. The blue V-Box on the windshield uses a 100-Hertz GPS to record all driving dynamics, orthographic details of the landscape and geographic positions – no less than 100 values ​​per second.

A second data logger in the passenger’s footwell compares the characteristic data stored in control units at 200 measuring points in the CAN bus system – every ten milliseconds. The developers can detect irregularities on site, define the triggering parameters and correct settings in order to rule out errors from now on.

The torque offers up to 1500 Newton meters

To experience the explosive power development of its mid-engine, which applies up to 1500 Newton meters, in the open air, feeds the unique fascination of the Vitesse. Conversations in the passenger compartment are possible up to 250 km / h without any problems.

When it comes to protecting the co-driver’s hairstyle, the three-part wind deflector is installed. It snaps into the mounts on the glass roof. While the Vitesse reaches a top speed of 415 km / h with the hardtop mounted, it overcomes air resistance with the roof open up to a speed of 375 km / h.

The absence of the stiffening hardtop has changed the vibration behavior of the entire vehicle, which the Bugatti developers are countering with a completely new chassis set-up.

The car is also easy to control over 300 km / h

Driving comfort is ensured by new dampers, the valves of which react more quickly to stimuli from the asphalt. In conjunction with marginally softer springs, the new Vitesse can also be operated comfortably in speed regions over 300 km / h. The driver can clearly feel that the faster the vehicle is, the more calm it takes.

While maintaining close contact with the road, disturbing stimuli from uneven surfaces are more effectively suppressed in the Vitesse than in the Coupe sister model Super Sport. The surprisingly smooth steering of the high-performance sports car is mainly due to two new vibration dampers in the impact absorber of the steering wheel. They filter out disruptive influences without impairing steering precision.

The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is not only the most powerful and fastest street-legal roadster on the planet, but also the most desirable Veyron. Incidentally, it is also likely to be the most valuable sports car currently on South Africa’s roads. It costs no less than EUR 2,011,100.00, with extras a little more.

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