With the Bugatti Veyron, Volkswagen not only intended to revive the traditional French luxury car brand, but also to bring out a vehicle conceived to set new standards. Just a superlative of automotive engineering. Thanks to a 1001hp W16-engine, the new car was contemplated to reach a top speed of over 400kmh. But the project turned out disastrous. Whereas tyre maker Michelin really managed to make rubber socks that bear stresses caused by this immense performance, the realisation of an appropriated gearbox seemed nearly impossible. Now, the VW engineers have solved that problem but, insiders report each is as expensive as a complete Phaeton W12. More shameful, Volkswagen will not be able to live up to its promise in matters of maximal pace.




The Veyron is going to run about 370km/h only. Meanwhile, the Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg presents the latest evolution of its car that disgraces the German carmaker because the Scandinavians claim it runs 395km/h, at least! In view of the power of 806hp and the vehicle's weight, this appears believable. On the other hand, the Bugatti may not run as fast as it could because the car is hardly drivable at the upper 10% of its potential pace. This raises the question if physical laws regarding aerodynamics and velocity aren't valid in Sweden. Do the Swedes ignore the risks high speeds cause? Who would you trust. The German mega combine with a development and research budget of a few billions or the small Swedish sports car maker? We also trust Koenigsegg! How come? Simple thing, we know backgrounds of the Bugatti project's problems. The main trouble is not of a general nature but the specific shape of the car.



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