How Fast Can A Bugatti Veyron Go?

When looking at some of the fastest cars in the world, the Bugatti Veyron is at the top of the list inspiring the curiosity of how fast can a Bugatti Veyron go? Since the dawn of the automotive transportation era, there has been an incessant fascination with speed and making our cars go faster. There have been numerous coach builders throughout the decades that have astonished and amazed us with their engineering prowess. One of those manufacturers that has been at the leading edge of speed, style and performance since its inception is Bugatti.

The Bugatti car company was founded in 1909 and managed to attain early racing success, winning the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. Bugatti went on to win Le Mans twice in the late 1930s, thus solidifying their position as a manufacturer of high quality, fast automobiles. Each Bugatti has made a statement, not only in power and performance, but in style as well, with every model being a work of rolling art. Through the mid 1900s and especially during the war years, Bugatti was taking their engineering capabilities and manufacturing engine for aircraft. Bugatti was one of the first manufacturers to combine two engines side by side, using the same crankcase, thus creating the first sixteen cylinder engine.

Through the years the Bugatti nameplate has gone through several ownerships; however, it still maintains the racing and engineering legacy. In 1987, The Bugatti nameplate was purchased by an Italian entrepenuer creating Bugatti Automobili SpA. In 1992, the new Bugatti, the EB110 GT, was unveiled. Named after the Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, the EB110 GT was heralded as the most technologically advanced sports car ever produced. Capable of reaching a top speed of 213 miles per hour, the EB110 GT was a vision of what was to come from the great Bugatti monaker.

Named after Pierre Veyron, the winner of the 1939 24 hour race at Le Mans, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was unveiled to the public in 1999. As stunning in style and function as it was in engineering prowess, the Veyron boasted a 1,001 horsepower quad-turbocharged W-16 engine mated to an all-wheel drive drivetrain, making the Bugatti Veyron an earth-bound missle. Early independent tests failed to confirm the company's allegations of a top speed of over 250 miles per hour, but that all changed in October 2005. While doing a top speed run for a "Car and Driver" magazine feature, the Bugatti Veyron reached a verified top speed of 253.2 miles per hour. Theoretically, the Veyron could go faster; however, after fifteen minutes at that speed, the tires would simply melt off the rims, thus the top speed is electronically limited to 237 miles per hour, enough to garner the attention of any waiting police officer. It is estimated that at top speed, the Bugatti Veyron's 26.4 gallon fuel tank would empty in just twelve minutes and 46 seconds.

There are new versions of the famed Veyron being offered now, such as the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, a long awaited targa version. As the future unfolds for the Bugatti automobile company, there are new models on the horizon that promise even more style and speed. There are many versions of the Veyron available for our dreams, all of which give us a promise of heart-stopping acceleration, performance and style.



"Automobile" Magazine

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