Now that the production run of 450 Bugatti Veyron supercars has come to a halt with the very last unit sold, let us take a look at how the car is made. With a price range starting at a cool million USD–some considerable steps are taken to ensure the perfect beast. How the 1,001 horsepower, 263+ mile per hour Bugatti Veyron monster is made:
- The Veyron has a production process that is unique to the model, with many steps designed and engineered specifically for a prescribed and unprecedented result.
- While some parts are made in Germany and elsewhere, the car is built in Volkswagen’s Salzgitter plant. It is among the largest factories on the planet, but the Veyron is handcrafted in but a small space.
- The magic begins with the special 16-cylinder engine, which is a pair of V8 engines mated together.
- Each titanium, aluminum and aerospace-grade stainless steel component is hand delivered in custom sealed containers to prevent damage.
- The carbon fiber cockpit surrounds passengers for strong protection—which is important when you consider that just 14 bolts hold the front and rear of the hypercar together. Each bolt is hand crafted and takes up to 5 weeks to complete. With any hope, even Chuck Norris could not break one.
- With so much screaming power, it takes a full 10 radiators to keep the Veyron cool. Each unit is meticulously Dyno tested and driven 300 miles to ensure success and safety before meeting their owners.
- But how to make all that speed stop? The Veyron boasts handmade carbon ceramic brakes capable of withstanding up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The brakes alone are no match for the car, however, so the rear wing activates to slow the car.
- It takes a full week and a full force to make just one Bugatti Veyron supercar engine.
- Aside from the many man-hours spent elsewhere on the assembly front, it takes 3 days to make the 250-part fuel tank.
- Because no existing tires were a match for this monster–Michelin created some. They made a set for the road and one for the track, but that was not going to cut it for VW, who asked for a set capable of performing on both.
- While a regular old tire can be made in a minute, it takes about an hour to make a Veyron tire…and far less to burn one up! Each set of wheels costs around $18k.
- Overall: The Bugatti Veyron gets an impressive 3 miles per gallon and runs completely out of gas in 12 minutes. Hey, she is a thirsty lady.