Up Close & Personal with the 1,479bhp Bugatti Chiron

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Numbers can be intimidating, captivating and meaningless sometimes. The Bugatti Chiron is the leader in the numbers game, power is unmatchable and set at 1,479bhp, 1179 lb-ft of torque, top speed is a mind numbing 261 mph. This ladies and gentlemen is the world’s fastest car, again.

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Orders were placed quickly and 12 Chiron’s were called for and are already being built, but it’s going to take some time until they start rolling off the factory floor. Once you’re done with this article, you will get to appreciate all the hard work that goes behind a hand built car of this caliber.


23 colors make each one exclusive

After you decide to own your personal piece of history. Bugatti let’s you choose from 23 top coat colors and 8 carbon colors for the outside in addition to 31 colors for the interior. Then there are 30 stitch colors, 11 seat belt color options and 18 different carpet lining color variations.

It’s so personal, Bugatti even lets you choose the shade from your favorite brand of luggage or even mineral water brand.


Three weeks to get everything painted

This isn’t your average Kia with three or two layers of paint, no. The Chiron goes through eight layers – each layer is sanded down, polished and then onto the next layer.

It takes around three weeks to hand paint the parts after bugatti inspects the bodyshell, the monocoque and the chassis making sure everything fits perfectly.


The 8.0-liter W16 Quad Turbo engine is thoroughly prepared

The old engine in the Veyron has been redeveloped to squeeze more power but the formula remains the same.

With 8.0-liters of displacement, four turbos and 1,479bhp it’s not your average unit. It weighs in at 628kg and gets tested for eight hours in the Volkswagen Salzgitter plant before it’s sent off to Bugatti where it’s mated to the seven-speed dual clutch.


1,800 nuts and bolts to make sure nothing goes loose

This dude right here has to make sure every nut and bolt is tightened using Bugatti’s new ‘EC nutrunner’ which is an electronic torque wrench to help fit the chassis together since the Chiron is hand built.

The wrench according to Bugatti “allows a data curve of each bolt tightened on the chassis to be stored on a computer connected to the system” – the system then nudges the mechanic when the correct bolt torque has been set. He has to do 1,800 before it’s on to the next station, woah.


Three dudes, one chassis.

With two chassis building platforms in the 1,000 sq-mt Atelier production base, three employees are positioned to build the entire frame, monocoque and chassis. Hand built Chirno’s aren’t cheap you know.


Let there be life

14 titanium bolts each weighing in at 34 kgs secure the rear end of the Chiron to the monocoque to form the union of the beast.

Then the wheels go on, and the car is brought to life with all the fluids. It’s pumped with brake fluid, hydraulic fluid, engine and transmission oil for 10 minutes straight to check for leaks. Then it’s time to fire her up, the engine is switched on for the first time.


Three-hour Dyno test

The car is then transferred to the dedicated dyno station with it’s own special room; for a three hour test where the excess power from the dyno is sent to the Molsheim power grid.

The Chiron gets exclusive larger electric cables because the standard ones couldn’t cope with the 1,479 bhp and enormous torque. The monster produces 1,200 amps of electricity, which means there is plenty of excess power that is then sent to the Molsheim power plant to provide electricity to the locals.

Engineers make sure everything is up to standard, while they max the speedo for three hours covering over 60 km’s of mileage.


Each Chiron gets washed for 30-minutes to check for water leaks

That’s right. This isn’t an ordinary car wash, the Chiron is subjected to thirty minutes of intensified water spray with varying pressures to test for water leaks.

After everything is tested, the interior is then fitted which takes about three days until the final wrapping stage before the car goes for an actual test drive.


Colmar airport is acquainted with Chiron

The Chiron is then fitted with test tires and sent to the Colmar airport for a 300-km test that puts it through its paces. The car is then driven calmly back to the factory to help cool it down. Once the test driver approves it, the car is delivered to the paint booth.

Once the car gets going, 60,000 liters of oxygen is sent through the engine in one minute and is able to dry out the 100-liter tank of petrol in just 9 minutes while traveling at top speed. The Veyron would dry out in 12 minutes, so the new one isn’t too economical.


Two more days and the Chiron is ready to be delivered

Since Bugatti completely wrapps the Chiron before they send it for a test drive for added protection. They now remove the plastic foil, polish and clean the car. They then inspect the paint job in a light tunnel for six hours.

Then, the Chiron is sent to the paint booth to have any visible scars removed, a process which can take three weeks. Then they send it back to the light tunnel for one final inspection.

After all the department managers sign off the Chiron, it is approved for delivery to the customer.

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