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Designed by Volkswagen and manufactured in France by Bugatti Automobiles, the Bugatti Veyron is the fastest roadster in the world. In April 2013, the Grand Sport Vitesse set the record with a top speed of 408,47 km/h (253.81 mph) and in 2005 was awarded Best Car Driven All Year by Top Gear. They called it Car of the Decade (2000–2009).

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But what makes the Veyron unmatched? This car is built around an 8.0 liter W16 cylinder engine powered by four turbochargers that produces 1,001 horsepower (736 kW). Simply too fast for this world! The turbocharging makes the engine capable of reaching such velocity without taking too much space, by simply pumping more pressurized air in the cylinders. For the W16, Bugatti managed to merge two V8 engines that share the same crankshaft and make a compact 889 mm (35 inches) wide, 710 mm (27 inches) long and 730 mm (28.7 inches) high motor. The Formula 1 dry sump lubrication system ensured the proper cooling and lubrication.

The Haldex Traction system allows continuous all-wheel drive with special Michelin PAX run-flat tires that can withstand such high speed. The tires can only be placed on the rims in France. But how do you stop at such a high speed? Although it may not seem possible, the Bugatti Veyron needs only 2.3 seconds to completely break at a 100 km/h speed – less that the 2.5 seconds it needs to accelerate to the same speed. For safety reason the designers installed a Formula 1 safety concept especially adapted for the Grand Sport Vitesse.

With a highly advanced aerodynamics, the Bugatti Veyron is firmly grounded even at 400 km/h. The back spoiler can be adjusted and the lids opened and closed, providing high maneuverability levels. If it weren’t for this, the car would lose stability and lift off the ground. The Electronic Stability Program makes it easy to drive in city traffic. Automatic transmission is computer-controlled, with dual clutch direct shift gearbox and seven gears. Semi-automatic is also avaliable. Behind the steering wheel magnesium paddles are placed, making the shift time less than 150 milliseconds.

The Vitesse WRC (World Record Car) 2013 comes in black with orange highlight around headlight and grille and orange rims in the interior. The Bugatti Veyron is a powerful innovative machine, and driving it is an unique breath taking experience. We can’t wait to see what the next-generation Veyon will bring!

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