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Bugatti presents the fastest hypercar in the world at the Geneva Motor Show
Bugatti unveils the "fastest" hypercar in the world at the Geneva Motor Show
Geneva Motor Show 2016: The French manufacturer Bugatti unveiled a vehicle worth £ 1.9 million at the 86th Geneva Motor Show, which it describes as the most powerful and fastest car in the world.
Bugatti's much-anticipated successor to its Veyron model - the world's fastest road vehicle to date - is so fast that the French manufacturer has limited the new car's top speed for road use to just 260 mph. The tests to get the Chiron up to speed will begin shortly.
"It is human nature to cross borders and set new records - to run 100 meters faster than ever before, to fly even further into space and to enter new areas," said Bugatti's boss Wolfgang Dürheimer. "The Chiron is the result of our efforts to make the best even better."
The term hypercar is valued at the highest percentage of high-performance supercars - usually the fastest and most expensive.
In order to achieve the higher speeds, Bugatti has completely redesigned its eight-liter W16 engine, which also powers the Veyron.
Lightweight materials such as titanium and carbon fiber were used to reduce the overall weight of the engine, and more powerful turbochargers - units that push extra air into the combustion chamber, increasing engine efficiency - were incorporated.
In order to keep the revised engine in the optimal temperature range, Bugatti also improved the air cooling system of the Veyron. As a result, more than 60,000 liters of air per minute are pumped through the engine.
The monocoque of the Chiron - or the protective structural shell - and the entire rear section are made of carbon fiber, which further reduces the overall weight compared to its predecessor.
"If all the fibers used in the monocoque were laid out continuously, they would cover nine times the distance between the earth and the moon," said Bugatti yesterday.
Carbon fiber is also used for the outer skin of the new vehicle. According to Bugatti, LED headlights have been integrated into the front end. These are "the slimmest projector headlights ever installed in a car".
A body panel that extends from the A-pillar - vertical supports that hold both sides of the windshield in place - swings rearward, giving the vehicle its distinctive open oval and two-tone profile. An elongated brake light and a titanium exhaust dominate the redesigned rear.
"In view of our extraordinary brand and the task that goes with it, it would not be enough to just draw a few fashionable lines," said Achim Anscheidt, Director of Design at Bugatti.
"The Chiron offered the opportunity to develop the essential elements for a clear style concept from the extreme technical requirements of the vehicle in order to underline the performance of this unique super sports car."
"This principle of the sequence of forms defines the Chiron as an authentic technical product and fascinating automobile sculpture", Anscheidt continues. "For our customers as well as for us as designers, it is important that a Bugatti has a certain stylistic longevity so that it will still be perceived as valuable in 10 or even 50 years."
The interior was designed in such a way that it reflects the external shape of the vehicle, which can be clearly seen from the C-shaped dividing line between driver and front passenger.
"The C-shaped light strip emerges as a raised graphic element from the front hood into the passenger compartment and fits seamlessly into the dashboard," explained Anscheidt. "From here it flows over the armrest between the seats to the rear wall, where it rises to the headliner; at the front it ends at the rear-view mirror."
In order to improve driver comfort at lower speeds while offering maximum performance at high speeds, Bugatti has developed an adaptive chassis in its vehicles for the first time.
This means that the driver can choose between driving modes such as motorway, handling and top speed. When these are selected, the vehicle adjusts its settings accordingly. A separate key is required to activate the high speed mode. This so-called speed key ensures that the driver consciously chooses this mode.
Braking such a fast moving object is not easy. Bugatti therefore also set out to develop Formula 1 racing brakes for the Chiron made of silicon carbide.
"This material makes the brake disc lighter and at the same time improves its corrosion resistance, performance and durability," explained Bugatti. "In addition, the front and rear brake discs of the Chiron have a larger diameter, which leads to more effective heat dissipation through the brake discs and improved performance on the track."
The adaptive rear spoiler of the Chiron not only uses the air flowing over the vehicle to keep all four wheels on the ground, but also acts as an air brake.
When the driver steps on the brake pedal at high speed, the rear spoiler tilts to an upright position. Air hits the surface of the spoiler and the resulting wind resistance slows the vehicle down further.
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