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Bugatti EB Veyron 16.4 Pur Sang

Post by LhYnxz on Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:16 am

Bugatti is presenting a special edition of the EB
16.4 Veyron limited to five worldwide - the Pur Sang - at the Frankfurt
International Auto Show. The limited edition will be numerically
consigned to the ranks of overall volume designed for 300 cars. With
the Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang the company is continuing a
tradition that produced icons like the T57 SC Atlantic and the numerous
versions of the T41 Royale. Then as now Bugatti stands for a unique
symbiosis of art, design and technology. Precisely this claim -
manifested by company founder Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean - is
reflected by the EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang, presented in a world premiere
in Frankfurt. Reduced to pure design and technology, a car was created
here that again was not the means to an end, but in fact had become a
work of art in the sum of its parts. The EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang
completely forgoes exterior paint.

The idea for the EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang originated in the Bugatti
factory in Molsheim. In what's referred to as the studio where the
high-tech components of the Veyron are assembled with painstaking
precision. "When some of our designers were looking at production and
once again became aware of the technical beauty of the structure," says
Achim Anscheidt, Head of Bugatti Design, "they came up with the idea of
finishing the car in its pure material configuration. And that means
without a coating of paint."



The result is the EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang, a study in which carbon and
aluminum blend into a unique two-tone color, although no paint is
involved. "Interestingly," explains Anscheidt, "the pure materials used
to underscore even more clearly the unified extremes of this car. Power
combined with comfort, technical structure and organic bodies, light
and dark. A closer look at the details reveals the techincal logic
behind the stylish appearance. The innovatively designed monocoque
carries all main structural components, including the W16 engine, the
passenger compartment, the crumple zone and the suspension. It's
precisely this foundation determined by function, made of carbon fiber
coated with clear paint, that lies open in view at the heart of the
Veyron. The use of aluminum linings is equally forceful. Through the
bold and muscular coverings of the wheels as a perfectly designed wing
they lend the car its stature and the unique body sculpture. Polished
to a mirror finish, these perfectly curved shapes make the facinating
surface reflections visible that characterize the Veyron."



The balance of the visual impression is especially apparent when
viewing the Bugatti from above. "These qualities," says Achim
Anscheidt, "merge into a unique appearance - almost like a painting by
Dutch artist Piet Mondrian." The outstanding representative of
classical modern wanted to express the following in his art in the past
century: "Beauty across the line and harmony by the balance of
relationships between lines, colors and surfaces. But only in the
clearest and most powerful way." This definition has also described a
car for over six decades: the EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang. The two
essential materials of the Pur Sang - thoroughbred in English -
examined in detail:



Carbon Body
A car can never be light enough. This principal applies all the more so
for the Bugatti Veyron, because it was designed for a sporty high
performance. This is why the battle for each kilogram of weight has
been one of the big constants in the development history of the
Bugatti. Special attention was paid to materials: Only one material was
used for each component, guaranteeing the best functionality at the
lowest weight. Titanium, magnesium, aluminum and carbon fiber proved to
be ideal.

Thanks to carbon fiber construction techniques, the monocoque of the EB
16.4 Veyron Pur Sang is not just especially light, but - as it is known
for motorsport - extremely safe. The monocoque is not just a rigid
survival compartment, but can also ideally dissipate crash energy
through elastic deformation. The main responsibility for this lies with
the frames in which the carbon fiber monocoque is integrated - done in
aluminum in the front and in combination of the carbon fiber and
stainless steel at the back.



Aluminum
The parts made of aluminum show the meticulousness and will to
perfection the designers of Bugatti pursued in their work. And this
doesn't just apply to the body. The reason for this is that aluminum is
normally a recycled product, resulting in a variety of impurities in
the alloys. This has no effect on the characteristics of the material,
but on its appearance. After polishing and anodizing the aluminum there
can be different degrees of gloss. Not so on the inside of the Veyron,
where aluminum is used with the material corresponding to the body
shell: If you look closely, you can see that there are no differences
in gloss here. Because a single, special alloy is used exclusively in
the Veyron: AlMgSi 0.3 Vitral 42. No work is done with other alloys.

All told, 1,888 kilogrammes of net weight stand in contrast to
performance of 1,000 hp. This results in a power / weight ration of
1.88 kg/hp (4.15 lbs./hp) an excellent relationship that also positions
the 400 km/h fast EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang beyond everything previously
known.

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