Friday, February 21, 2014

What Is the Fastest Car In the World?

The Bugatti Veyron is easily the fastest car in the world. Speed trials in the summer of 2010 established the Veyron as the clear champion in terms of top speed - 253 mph tested independently on two different time trials. The sticker price is enough to put some car lovers in the hospital - $1.3 million. But for your money, you get a car that travels from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, less time than it takes to recover from a sneeze.

How does the Bugatti Veyron do it?

The Veyron gets up to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds because of four-wheel-drive traction. The Veyron makes it up to 125mph in just 7.3 seconds, and is capable of hitting 200 mph in less than 20 seconds. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is by far the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive street-legal production car in the world.

Why Does Bugatti Make Such a Fast Car?

There's no real commercial application for a street-legal car that hits such a high top speed -- can you imagine travelling at 250 mph down the highway? It would be impossible, due to traffic, highway patrol (who probably couldn't catch you anyway) and safety concerns. Since there's no obvious commercial value for a car with such muscle, some people think maybe the Veyron is what is known in the auto industry as a "halo model" -- a reputation booster for a car's manufacturer. Auto critics disagree, suggesting that since the Veyron is made by Volkswagen, it doesn't make since for a muscle car freak who shelled out over a million Euros to brag about the fact that he's driving a VW.

It has come out in the auto press that Bugatti suffers a huge loss with the sale of every Veyron 16.4 -- it costs Bugatti $5 million to make the car, so they're taking a loss of several million bucks per vehicles. This just adds to the mystery -- why make the fastest car in the world at all?

Much like the Concorde, which was always a financial disaster, the Veyron 16.4 most likely exists "because it can." It is a technical experiment, a chance to show off what Bugatti's engineers are capable of.

More Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Details

There are some facts about the Veyron 16.4 that would surprise most car nuts -- for instance, the 16.4 has a total of ten radiators. The Veyron also uses a lubrication system identical to Formula 1 cars. It may also surprise you to learn that the Veyron's engine creates 922 lb.-ft. of torque at just 2,200 rpm. Michelin developed tires just for the Veyron -- they're called the PAX System run-flat tires. They are capable of running as high as 254 mph, even flat.

The Bugatti Veyron is like no other production car in the world. It took years for VW to develop the Veyron and overcome the old "fastest car in the world", and it should be years before we see another car challenge the Veyron for the top spot.