7 facts about Bugatti you never knew
Whether it’s spending 100 hours to make a badge or hiding to extra exhausts on the Veyron, there are some pretty cool unknown things about Bugatti.
Written by: Rahil Hashmi
Whether you love or hate cars, you’ve heard of Bugatti. They’re known for speed, history and all-around epicness but there are a few things that some of you may not be aware of.
For example, did you know that the Bugatti badge takes over 100 hours to make and did you also know about the Veyron and Chiron’s hidden exhausts? So, without further ado, let’s talk about 7 Bugatti facts you never knew!
The Bugatti Bolide has more exposed surfaces than painted ones
In October of 2020, Bugatti unveiled the bonkers Bolide which served one purpose and it was to answer one question: what if?
When designing the Bolide, Bugatti’s engineers wanted to ensure that the car would reach its target dry weight of just 1240kg. Doing so involved a lot such as the extensive use of titanium along with the not so extensive use of paint.
The exterior of the Bugatti Bolide features so much exposed carbon fibre that painted surfaces account for just 40% of the Bolide’s exterior surfaces. This means that there are actually more exposed carbon fibre surfaces than painted ones.
The Bugatti Veyron has three exhaust pipes
The Bugatti Veyron was easily the most talked about car of the 2000s. One of the car’s most iconic design traits was its singular exhaust pipe which is roughly the size of the channel tunnel but hidden in the rear diffuser are two other exhaust pipes.
As to why these extra pipes are needed? It is simply so that the gases from the engine can flow easier. This technique of hiding exhaust pipes can also be seen- or rather not seen- on the Chiron.
Upon first glance, the Chiron appears to have four exhaust pipes but after a bit more inspection, you will notice that the car actually has six as, once again, the other two pipes are hidden in the diffuser.
The Bugatti Chiron went through over 200 sets of tyres during testing
Designing a car takes years. It all starts off with a few sketches and then things slowly start to take shape until you end up with a full production-line. It’s safe to say that, during the design process of a car, the pressure on the manufacturer is immense which is why spend so much time testing and experimenting in order to ensure that they have done things right.
Bugatti have to do the same except the pressure they experience is far worse especially when they were designing the Veyron’s replacement.
During testing, the Chiron had covered over 900,000 test kilometres, spent more than 300 hours in a wind tunnel and used up over 200 sets of tyres.
Luckily for Bugatti, the tyres on the Chiron are not the same $38,000 ones you’ll find on the Veyron. Now, the Chiron’s tyres only cost $2,000 but, even then, Bugatti still had to spend over $400,000 on tyres during the testing stage of the Chiron.
Ralph Lauren owns one of the two Bugatti Type 37SC Atlantics in existence
In 1967, a 28 year old man convinced the president of tie manufacturer, Beau Brummell, that he would be able to succeed in the fashion world... all he needed was his own lineup.
But the thing is, this man was not just any man and this lineup did not end up becoming just any lineup because the man I am talking about here is Ralph Lauren and his company Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Today, Ralph Lauren is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry and its owner is also one of the most prominent names in the car collection world.
Lauren’s personal collection includes cars such as the 1958 Ferrari 250 GTO and 1955 Jaguar XKD. The collection also includes a 1938 Bugatti Type 37SC Atlantic; one of just two examples. Due to the car’s history and sheer beauty, it is worth a whopping $40 million.
Bugatti only ever built 4 production cars in the first place. It is believed that only two survived as one was involved in a train accident but the other car was lost during WWII and has not been found since. It had the name ‘La Voiture Noire’. When translated from French, it simply means ‘The Black Car’ and in order to pay respect, Bugatti built another La Voiture Noire in 2019 except this one was a modern version.
Doing so significantly increased the number of people who were aware of the history of the Type 37SC Atlantic.
The badge takes 100 hours to make
Originally designed by Ettore Bugatti himself, the logo for the French company is not just a logo but rather an icon.
Although a few minor tweaks have been made over the years, the emblem is still roughly the same in design.
What is interesting about the badge is the sheer amount of effort that goes into producing it. Roughly 20 employees from different departments work on the badge and spend a total of 100 hours or so creating the badge.
The lettering is sits precisely 2.1mm higher than the border of the emblem in order to make for a 3D effect. The badge is so iconic that Bugatti have even given it a name: Macaron.
Bugatti used a Bugatti to film a Bugatti
In 2017, the Bugatti Chiron set a world record for the fastest car to accelerate from 0-400km/h (248mph).
The video released by Bugatti featured one iconic scene. In this scene, the Chiron launched from a standstill until it got close to its top speed and what made the scene unique was the fact that it was shot using another car which left many wondering what the cameracar was.
Filmmaker Al Clark uploaded a video in which he shared just how this shoot was pulled off. It turns out that they just used another Chiron which makes sense as, even now, no car has the ability to accelerate quite like the Chiron.
Longest ever light conductor fitted to a car
The Bugatti Chiron has many records to its name. The SS variant was the first production car to hit 300mph, the Chiron was the fastest accelerating car from 0-400km/h and it also features the longest ever light conductor fitted to a car.
Compared to the Chiron’s other records, this one may seem a bit random but it’s still rather cool.
It serves as a divider between the driver and passenger side which helps to showcase the perfect symmetry of the Chiron’s cabin. Moroever, this divider pays homage to the exterior fin found on the Bugatti Type 37SC Atlantic, one of Bugatti’s most iconic cars.
The light itself emerges from the front bonnet and slowly curves upwards until it reaches the rear-view mirror. It is a truly unique and epic piece of interior design.
A lot of people often ask why Bugattis are so expensive and no, it is not just because of the performance. It is also because of the amount of work Bugatti put into their cars which is why when you are sat behind the steering wheel of one of their cars, you know you are piloting something properly special.