Certainly the new Bugatti Chiron is one of the most incredible cars ever created and the curiosities regarding it confirm this. Did you know that the vast W16 engine with a displacement of 8 liters equipped with 4 turbochargers and rated at 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque, has an official fuel consumption of 35.2 l / 100 km in the city?! Well, the average consumption is more "reasonable": only 22.5 l / 100 km! Not to mention that at maximum speed the Chiron empties the 83-liter tank in just 9 minutes!
However, of all the curiosities about Chiron, the most interesting is the way this monster is produced, in a way that combines refinement with exorbitant speed. The new Chiron is produced at a French plant in Molsheim. All copies are hand assembled from over 1,800 pieces by only 20 qualified specialists, including two women.
Assembly does not begin until the customer chooses all model specifications, having at their disposal 23 bodyworks colors (thousands of optional colors available) 8 variants of carbon fiber, 31 colors for leather, 8 colors for Alcantara, 30 types stitch, 18 types of mats, and 11 colors for seat belts. Software customization, "La Maison Pur Sang", offers customers virtually any desired option, only if it meets Bugatti quality standards, including logos, initials, which can be placed not only on the outside (in the rear spoiler) and interior but also on the custom luggage, executed from same shade leather as the one chosen for the interior.
The entire process, from personalization, production and delivery of a Chiron takes approximately 9 months! Coincidence?
Just painting it can take three weeks. Depending on the chosen hue, a maximum of 8 layers of paint / varnish are applied manually and after drying, each layer is sanded, the last layer being polished.
In the plant, called "Atelier", an area of 1,000 square meters where a dynamometer stand, that can support W16 engine output, was settled. With it, they can start assembling a Chiron, which is made from 12 special stations. The powertrain parts came from the Volkswagen Group plant from Slazigitter being assembled at the first station, and later the engine is placed on the stand where it works in different regimes for 8 hours!
The same procedure applies for the dual clutch transmission, 7-speed, which is now bigger and stronger to withstand the torque of 1,600 Nm.
With an oil change at the end of the great test, Chiron is driven another 50 kilometers until it receives the final approval from the tests engineer. Then it takes two days for the protective film to be taken out thorough washing and polishing.
In the next step, Chiron gets into a "tunnel of light", where for 6 hours the bodywork passes a thorough inspection.
If there is any defect, repair or its reproduction could take another three weeks ... Only after signing the final approval, can the vehicle be delivered to the customer.
At the moment, Bugatti is assembling 12 Chiron copies and the first copies will be delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2017.
Annually, about 70 Bugatti Chiron models will be created.