The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engined sports car, designed and developed in Germany by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France, by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The original version has a top speed of 407 km/h (253 mph). The Super Sport version of the Veyron is recognised by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 430.9 km/h (267.7 mph).
The Veyron EB 16.4 is named in honour of Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who, with co-driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, won the 1939 24 hours of Le Mans while driving a Bugatti. The "EB" refers to Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti and the "16.4" refers to the engine's 16 cylinders and 4 turbochargers.
The Veyron features an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine, equivalent to two narrow-angle V8 engines bolted together. Each cylinder has four valves for a total of 64. The engine is fed by four turbochargers and displaces 7,993 cubic centimetres (487.8 cu in). This makes the total horsepower 1,000 (746 kW). The transmission is a dual-clutch direct-shift gearbox computer-controlled automatic with seven gear ratios, with magnesium paddles behind the steering wheel and a shift time of less than 150 milliseconds. The Veyron can be driven in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. A replacement transmission for the Veyron costs just over US$120,000 (€106,000). It also has permanent all-wheel drive. It uses special Michelin PAX run-flat tyres, designed specifically to accommodate the Veyron's top speed, and cost US$25,000 per set (€22,000). The tyres can be mounted on the wheels only in France, a service which costs US$70,000 (€62,000). Kerb weight is 1,888 kilograms (4,162 lb). This gives the car a power-to-weight ratio, according to Volkswagen Group's figures, of 390 kW (523 bhp) per ton. It has a drag coefficient of Cd=0.41 (normal condition) and Cd=0.36 (after lowering to the ground).
German inspection officials recorded an average top speed of the original version of 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph) during test sessions on Volkswagen Group's private Ehra-Lessien test track on 19 April 2005. This top speed was equalled by James May on Top Gear in November 2006, at the Ehra-Lessien test track. May noted that at top speed the engine consumes 45,000 litres (9,900 imp gal) of air per minute (as much as a human breathes in four days). When at top speed, the car's fuel economy is 3 miles per U.S. gallon (78 L/100 km; 3.6 mpg-imp), or 1.4 U.S. gal (5.3 L; 1.2 imp gal) per minute. The Top speed mode must be entered while the vehicle is at rest. Its driver must toggle a special top speed key to the left of their seat, which triggers a checklist to establish whether the car and its driver are ready to attempt to reach 407 km/h (253 mph). If so, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers shut, and the normal 12.5 cm (4.9 in) ground clearance drops to 6.5 cm (2.6 in). Bugatti claims the Veyron will brake from 400 km/h (250 mph) to a standstill in less than 10 seconds, though distance covered in this time will be half a kilometre (third of a mile).
The base price of the Veyron was €1,225,000 (GB£1,065,000 or US$1,700,000).
The Bugatti Veyron has come out in the following versions:
|Coll #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes||Photo|
|030 / 220||2003||2003 First Editions 18/42||Red & Black||Silver headlights||Black / Plastic||Clear||Tan & Chrome||10SP||56392||Malaysia|
|144 / 223||2006||2006 Hot Wheels #144||Metalflake Grey||Blue & Silver sides||Black / Plastic||Clear||White & Chrome||10SP||Malaysia|
|144 / 223||2006||2006 Hot Wheels #144||Metalflake Grey||Blue & Silver sides||Black / Plastic||Clear||White||FTE||Malaysia|
|14 / 24||2007||Mystery Cars||Yellow||Black & Brown Tampos||Black / Plastic||Clear||Tan||Gold 10SP||Malaysia|
|14 / 24||2007||Mystery Cars||Pearl White||Pale Blue & Gray Tampos||Black / Plastic||Light Blue Tint||White||10SP||Malaysia|
|160 / 240||2010||Hot Auction||Satin Blue||White tampos||Black / Plastic||Light Blue||White||Chrome rim / Black PR5||R7585||Malaysia||Base code(s): C01, C03, C07|
|160 / 240||2010||Hot Auction||Satin Red||Light and Emblem details||Black / Plastic||Clear||Tan||10SP||R7585||Malaysia||Wal-Mart Exclusive|
|-||2010||Speed Machines||Metalflake Black / White||Black / Plastic||Clear||Tan / Chrome Gold||Grey CM6||R8483||Malaysia|
2010 Speed Machines-card
From the back of the 2010 Speed Machines-card:
Engine: 8.0 L W16
Horsepower: 1001 hp
Top speed: 253 mph (407 km/h)
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h): 2.5 seconds