The Bugatti Veyron first came out in 2005 and it was, straight away, a saga of records and mind boggling figures. Yes, the top speed. Yes, the 16,4 litre W16. Yes, the 1000+ HP. What-have-you. But quite apart from everything else the Bugatti Veyron has 10 radiators. Which, and I've actually counted them, is 2 more than you find in my house. This, more than anything else, gives you a vague idea of the uniqueness of this car.
Putting a million horsepower in a car isn't the trickiest achievement. Even reaching 250 mph or 400 kph wasn't the hardest part. The reason why the Veyron is such a milestone, such an important car in the history of the world, is that it is a road legal car. It's civilized, it's clever, it's actually usable. VW changed the game with the Veyron because they thought of so many things that are individually difficult to come up with, put them all together, which was even more difficult, and made it work on a single road car. Which was nigh on impossible. Putting down that much power, while keeping the car suitable for normal roads, while keeping it decent in traffic and with speed bumps, while keeping it relatively human-sized was an incredible success. If you get over the astonishing data, it's just a car. In that it's got wind screen wipers and it runs on regular fuel rather than, I don't know, liquid carbo-titanium. It is one of most important cars ever created and it is a true game changer.
And it is a game "creator" as well. Because it gave us a new game we can play when we're bored. Wherever you are, when you're visiting a friend's house for instance, count the radiators. And remember that the original Veyron has 10 of them. Ten.