Everyone wants to know how the Bugatti Veyron works, but knowledge of the famed supercar is limited. The four-wheel drive, two-door coupe runs about $1.7 million, a figure most people would be lucky to make within their entire lifetime. Since its first production model was rolled off the tracks and into its owner's hands, the company has manufactured 200 Bugatti Veyrons. The very first Bugatti Veyron was produced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. As one can tell, the Bugatti Veyron works; however, how exactly does it produce such a masterpiece of automotive art?
Inside the 8-liter, mid-sized grand touring vehicle is a quad-turbocharger. Its mid-engine rushes 1,001 metric horsepower and 1,250 newton metres through its 64-valve, Double-Overhead Camshaft petrol engine and onto the racetrack, to give a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) acceleration time of 2.5 seconds. Many say that the Bugatti Veyron was built around its engine. The French company aimed to blow the world of supercars away with its Bugatti masterpiece; and indeed, the Bugatti Veyron works just that way.
Now, in order to produce the 1,000 plus horsepower required to make the Bugatti Veyron fire off the racetrack the way it does, its engine must burn up to 1.33 gallons of petrol gasoline per minute. James May of Top Gear, a British television show, summarized the Veyron's gasoline consumption perfectly as he test-drove it: "The tires will only last for about fifteen minutes, but it's okay because the fuel runs out in twelve minutes". As amusing as that may be, its true that the EPA has certified a mere 8 city miles and 13 highway miles to the gallon for it. Yet, if anything else works to produce that much power as efficiently as possible, the Bugatti Veyron works the best.
You might be thinking to yourself "What's a W-16?" Well, a W-16 engine is basically two V-8s placed along side each other to form a "W" configuration. Its multi-valve system has 4 valves per cylinder, a grand total of 64 total inside the Bugatti Veyron, which inhales as much as 24,000 cylinders full of air per minute. There are seven gears, sequential shifting, a paddle-driven shifting system, and a dual-clutch system which pushes out almost two times as much torque as any previous sports car. The Bugatti Veyron works like a well oiled machine and is a prime example of modern-automotive technology for sure.
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