Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #105

Only ten weeks left and I'll have to think of another schtick for the Friday car pic...

"Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – Frontansicht (1), 5. April 2012, Düsseldorf" by M 93. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Commons.

2005 Bugatti Veyron. Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest production car in the world. Also Top Gear's "Best Driven" car award. And of course, it's a Bugatti - Italian-sounding name, French manufacturer designed by a German firm. EU!

Probably the most amazing thing is how, inside of a year or two, the Veyron managed to eclipse cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and other exotics. A brand that went extinct in the 1940s was resurrected fifty years later and, in less than decade, produced a vehicle that quickly became *the* supercar di tutti supercars.

It'd be similar to someone bringing back the Duesenberg marque and having it be a luxury car that out-shined Rolls-Royce, Maybach and Bentley. And it would be doing so with a Chevrolet power plant, to boot. Given the Veyron's ubiquity in video games and popular culture, I'd be surprised if it were surpassed in the near future.

That it's top speed is somewhere north of 250 MPH out of a 1,200 HP engine doesn't hurt, either...

That is all.


Old NFO said...

Beautiful cars... sigh

libertyman said...

I am not sure if I understand the Chevrolet power plant analogy, perhaps because the new Bugatti is a product of Volkswagen?

The engine is remarkable in its W configuration and four turbos. There is an excellent video from National Geographic that I show in my manufacturing class.

Jim said...

And here's what it looks like when some not-rich-enough nimrod tries to drown his Bugatti as an insurance fraud ploy:

He had the gall to claim that a bird caused him to swerve. But, an enthusiast, knowing what a Veryron was, had been running video from I-45 North, right when the driver took the plunge.

Happened less than ten miles from where I live.

Thanks to this video, that owner is now doing time in the Texas Department of Corrections for insurance fraud.

And yes, the Bug was totaled.....the idiot deliberately left the motor running till it hydraulic locked, and shattered the block.

Now, a moment of quiet for us all, yes?

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX