Bugatti’s new Chiron hypercar..$2.6 million worth of “style”



There is nothing subtle about Bugatti’s new Chiron hypercar. How could there be? It has a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine, costs $2.6 million, and boasts a top speed of 261 mph. As you’d expect, the press release for the Chiron is as unsubtle as the car itself, which is wholly appropriate. Press releases for regular cars tend to be overly positive missives, grabbing at all available firsts, superlatives, and best-in-class features. For the Chiron, this posturing is taken to new levels, and Bugatti layers on the braggadocio thicker than Donald Trump in an insecure moment. The Chiron’s press release is so quotable, in fact, that we couldn’t resist dragging a few of its more jaw-dropping factoids and immodest bluster in front of you for fun:

“With the Chiron, Bugatti has made the best even better.” 

– As opposed to, you know, making the Chiron worse than the Veyron it replaces.

“The design of the Chiron combines significantly more beast’ with a very high level of ‘beauty.’ ”

– Didn’t Disney make a movie about this?

“Electromagnetic compatibility comparable to that of a military vehicle.”

– This boast isn’t structured very well, but Bugatti is referring to the Chiron’s level of protection against electromagnetic interference.

“More than 60,000 litres [2118 cubic feet] of air per minute are pumped through the engine.”

– Like the Veyron, the Chiron gulps in a ton of air to feed its quad-turbocharged W-16 engine at full whack. Put another way, the Chiron’s engine can ingest roughly half the interior volume of a 53-foot semi-trailer in air per minute.

“The coolant pump is also a very high-performance unit. In one minute, it circulates 800 litres [211 gallons] of water through the entire engine.”

– The Chiron’s cooling system consists of two main circuits, one for the engine and another for the turbochargers’ intercoolers. The engine’s loop holds 9.8 gallons of coolant, all of which passes fully through the engine and three radiators once every three seconds.

“The total active surface of the six converters used for exhaust gas treatment is about 230,266 m², corresponding to the area of more than 30 soccer fields.”

Translated from metric units, that’s 2,478,563 square feet, or roughly the same area as 43 American football fields.

“It goes almost without saying that the Chiron has permanent four-wheel drive.”

– If you didn’t know the Chiron has permanent four-wheel drive, you’re a dummy and a loser.

“If all the [carbon] fibres used in the monocoque were laid out end to end, they would stretch nine times the distance between the earth and the moon.”

– To give you a more grounded idea of how many carbon fibers are utilized in the land-based Chiron’s monocoque, if laid end to end, the fibers would wrap around the Earth more than 86 times.

“Thanks to Bugatti’s outstanding expertise in airbag design, it proved possible to develop an airbag that shoots through a carbon-fibre housing.”

– Airbags deploy through hard housings in most vehicles, notably plastic-dashboard, steering-wheel-hub, and seat covers that are designed with seams that split in specific ways. It’s impressive that Bugatti has figured out how to safely deploy an airbag through carbon fiber. (We do question the use of the verb “shoots” in this particular context, however, given that a large portion of the industry is currently ensnared in the Takata airbag scandal, which involves inflators that could propel shrapnel toward occupants.)

So prodigious is the power from the Chiron’s quadruple-turbocharged 8-litre W16 engine and so great is the Chiron’s tonnage (4,400 pounds dry; about 4,550lbs with a full tank of petrol), that the car’s top speed is electronically limited to a mere 261mph (420kph) to preserve the special Michelin tyres. Three air ducts per wheel provide cooling for each corner’s brakes. The car’s structure redefines stiff, too; 50,000 Newton-meters per degree of torsional flex puts is in roughly the same league as an LMP1 Le Mans prototype. The Chiron also uses all-wheel-drive like its Veyron predecessor, but now, Sir, it comes complete with a Drift mode. Truly, this is the quixotic exotic.

This exercise in exotic overabundance takes its name from Louis Chiron, the Monégasque racing driver who competed in grands prix, sports car races and rallies and was famed for five French Grand Prix victories by 1949 was a favourite pilot of the Bugatti factory.

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 “Royale”, the Type 57 “Atlantic”and the Type 55 sports car.


“It has a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine, costs $2.6 million, and boasts a top speed of 261 mph.”

$2.6 mill for a car?..sure..order me 10 of them..

“If all the [carbon] fibres used in the monocoque were laid out end to end, they would stretch nine times the distance between the earth and the moon.”

impressive..just wish i knew what it meant..


~ by seeker401 on March 4, 2016.

6 Responses to “Bugatti’s new Chiron hypercar..$2.6 million worth of “style””

  1. Buy the new The Grandmaster Chime wrist watch by Patek Philippe, or the new Chiron by Bugatti, or perhaps feed a family of five somewhere in Africa for as long as 1400 years…
    Tough choices for some people.

  2. it’s still volkswagen though…

  3. ‘Vision’ of the future: BMW unveils incredible self driving concept car

  4. everytime i hear the word bugatti i think of the one of the worst songs ever…

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