Nat Geo Shows How The Bugatti Chiron Is Made

The world won’t know just how fast the Bugatti Chiron is until 2018 but even still, the successor to the legendary Veyron has already captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts around the world.

Powered by an 8.0-liter W16 engine fed by four turbochargers, the Chiron produces 1500 hp but even more impressive than that huge figure is the design and development work that went into bringing the Chiron to life.

In the National Geographic documentary below, we get an extensive look at the lengths the French manufacturer went to before unveiling the car at last year’s Geneva Motor Show and commencing production.

If you love to geek out to research and development work, the clip below is well worth watching.

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    the French manufacturer
    Non.

    • Bill Nguyen

      The founder was Italian, but the manufacturer is French.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        That wasn’t what I meant…
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti
        Today, the name is owned by German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen.

      • Julien Lachemoi

        Lets not be fooled, it is 100% german technology.

        • Bill Nguyen

          Yeah, but by that standard Volvo would be Chinese, Lamborghini would also be German, and Nissan would be French 😉

          • stallion999

            In this regard I think Jaguar Land Rover would win as most car company to switch hands . Someone do this research and post it please.

          • Julien Lachemoi

            Bugatti are engineered by Germans, that makes them German.
            I doubt it fully apply to the examples you chose, but if it does then yes.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Volvo gets more Chinese by the day…

          • Silimarina

            Mmm no…Volvo is engineered in Sweden by swedes.The chinese company that owns Volvo only pay the bill.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Swedish input decreases as Chinese input increases. It’s happening.

          • benT

            Only in China for China-destined product

          • Six Thousand Times

            Not for much longer. The next round of new smaller SUVs were done in China and will be exported.

          • benT

            evidenced by………….
            (genuine question, show me where you read this, or whatever.)

          • benT

            One hundred per cent CORRECT!!

          • Elmediterraneo

            Volvo (chinese) and Jaguar / Land Rover (indians) are alone and had to develop everything from the start because their owners have money but not the engineering skills that you can expect on a european luxury car. Ford failed misreably with Jaguar, Aston Martin, Volvo and Land Rover and sold all those brands because they’ve rotted those cars with their low grade american engineering.
            This is why germans rules the game, they are extremly powerful both with money and with engineering.

          • Silimarina

            Yes for the first part of your comment, and no for the second part. American engineering is not bad, look at the new Chevrolet’s or Cadillac’s. They make very capable cars, that can kick some ass on the track

          • benT

            They are a very hungry lot in Sweden and Chinese is a good source of cheap energy.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Yeah, the rice is filling.

          • Silimarina

            Well Volvo’s are engineered by swedes.The chinese company that owns Volvo only pumps money. Lamborghini only share some parts with Audi, the rest is made by italians.With Nissan it’s the same story, they just share some parts with Renault, the rest is engineered in Japan.With Bugatti is another story.It’s engineered in Germany, so yes, Bugatti is 100% german.

          • Benjamin B.

            What about the R8? It’s a German car that uses an Italian developed engine.

          • Silimarina

            R8 shares a Lamborghini engine, the rest is 100% german

          • Marty

            Yes, actually Volvo is more independent – i.e “Swedish” – today than when they were owned by Ford. I’ve got friends at Volvo, and they say it’s quite a big difference, with fewer foreign bosses micro managing the soul out of the products. I think we can see that in the products too.

            Ford wanted Volvo to make Ford better. Geely wants Volvo to make Volvo better.

          • benT

            Chinese funded, with requests for Chinese production of Chinese destined product.

          • Benjamin B.

            Chinese assembly isn’t Chinese engineered. The Chinese don’t engineer or design. They are trying to change that. But for now china is strictly a manufacturing hub. Also, in case President Trump is listening or reading (yea right), please note I don’t want the USA becoming a manufacturing hub again. Focus on engineers and designers and artists etc etc.

          • Benjamin B.

            Volvos are still engineered and designed in Sweden. Lamborghini is still relatively separate from Volkswagen, although Audi has bothered a V10 Lamborghini engine and put it into its R8 AWD supercar. Nissan is part of an international partnership with Renault. The two conpanies are still technically separate companies, but they share platforms as well as drivetrains. And a CEO. The Nissan CEO who is French had some cultural shock when he started. It’s very interesting. Probably eventually the two will merge fully.

            Renault is probably looking closely at PSA’s plan to enter US market. Renault has indirectly been involved. Its transverse V6 engines are in the Maximas, Pathfinders, Quests, and Infiniti QX60s. The longitudinal mounted engines are engineered in Japan.

      • Benjamin B.

        Most of the engineering is German now. Volkswagen took pride in the Vehron. Bugatti hasn’t made a car for years when Volkswagen came along.

    • psiqtas

      It’s only a marque, the rest of the car is purely German…heck listen even to their makers – only people speaking with their German accents…

    • Tinky-Winky

      Si.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You didn’t hear all of those French accents?

    • benT

      Spanich

    • Elmediterraneo

      Thank god Bugatti is german-engineered, just like Rolls-Royce and Bentley as well.
      Only Lamborghini has some special skills in Italy about carbon fiber, chassis and engines where the Aventador’s V12 is exclusive to Lamborghini for example. But the electronics, the platform, the production, and control quality process are all at the very high german standards.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        *cough dieselgate cough*

        • Elmediterraneo

          Now rednecks seems so concerned about gas emission as long as it’s for spitting on europeans who make the best cars. But they would never give a shit about the black smoke coming from their 6.7 Diesel Ford truck !

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Define best.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Let me take this one.

            Definition of best
            superlative of good
            1
            : excelling all others
            2
            : most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction
            3
            : most, largest

            ` Merriam Webster `

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            So, does German engineering fit these criteria?

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            They ARE part of Europe…

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Well, yes.
            USA is part of the Americas and Japan is part of Asia.
            Are you saying European car manufacturing is the best?

  • benT

    thought I heard “G’Day MATE” in there somewhere……………

  • Benjamin B.

    Bugatti is a French brand, yes, but most of the engineering is German (being part of Volkswagen Group).

  • Elmediterraneo

    Bugatti Chiron : 16 cylinders, 8 liters, 4 turbos, 1500 PS, 3 Million €, 0-100 kph in 2.4 seconds
    McLaren 720S : 8 cylinders, 4 liters, 2 turbos, 720 PS, 300 K€, 0-100 in 2.8 seconds
    So the 10 times cheaper McLaren is only 0,4 seconds slower on the 0-100 kph with a half of Bugatti’s engine and power, and would surely destroy it on a racetrack. The holy trinity (P1, LaFerrari, 918) showed us that no one gives a shit about top speed anymore, 340 or 350 kph is more than enough for most of the supercars/hypercars.
    I think this Chiron could have been more interesting by bringing Porsche’s 918 hybird technology to Volkswagen’s latest W12 found in the Bentley Bentayga. That would’ve been a perfect luxury complement to the sporty and track focused 918 inside the Volkswagen group’s hybrid hypercars.

    • europeon

      You are missing the point of this car.
      And you’re really not very familiar with the laws of physics either.

    • Kash

      You’re missing the point of the Chiron and the W16. Bugatti didn’t want to use another engine or system developed by Porsche or Bentley or any other brand regardless of how good it is because it is not good enough for Bugatti. The entire point of the Chiron is being over the top and just pure luxurious excess, it has a $2,000,000+ price tag for a reason. No other production car has a 16 cylinder engine or almost 1,500hp except for a Koenigsegg. The entire car body is made from carbon fiber, not just the monocoque. To have the car finished in bare carbon fiber is $250k extra. The quality of the materials inside surpasses even that of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Sure the 720S is only 0.4 sec slower than Chiron, but the Chiron would destroy it on any track. The Chiron’s extra weight and AWD allows it to put down much more power than the 720 is even capable of. There is very few cars that will be able to best the Chiron on the track. The Chiron will also stay much more composed at 300 kph than the 720 or really any other car.

      What other car do you know that can perform so insanely that they require their tires to be glued to their rims and then require their rims to be replaced every 4th tire change? A tire change for the Veyron is $30k and to replace the rims and tires is $120k. A basic servicing, including an oil change is another $30k, $20k of which is simply for the oil change.

      Bugatti did the research or rather polled their customers around the time the Chiron debuted and come to find out they’re customers are the 1% of the 1%. Their average customer owns like 3 planes, 5 yachts, and 10+ other cars, with an average of 2 of those 10+ cars being other Bugatti’s. People buy Bugatti’s to piss on the rich people who are poorer than them.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        I think we all know there is no point in the Chiron or Veyron other than an exercise in how far they can push technology that just trickles down the whole company eventually. These cars serve no point other than that. And they have marketed it to actually profit from their R&D on the backs of egotistical and impulsive billionaires who have to one up the next guy.

        And the Chiron would destroy nothing on the track. It’s big, it’s heavy and made for on thing, R&D. It is not a car made for handling by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. They wanted the mosty power, the fastest top speed and the most luxurious. It was never designed to handle on a track and certainly not against anything McLaren builds.

        Think about it….have you yet to see a video of anyone actually driving it on a track at track speeds? They are all slow speeds or extreme speeds on straight roads.

        • Kash

          You underestimate the Chiron. It may not be able to dethrone the 918 or Huracan Performante, but it’ll get up there even if it weighs more than 4 tons it still has 1,500hp and 1,200 ft-lbs. the Veyron SS was no slouch on the track and it had a lot less power. The Veyron was even able to beat the likes of the Huayra.

          Search “Hyper 5” on YouTube. it’s a 3 part special between the 918, LaFerrari, P1, Veyron SS, and Huayra.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Seen it, but the Bugs are still not made for track use. R&D that is for sale….

          • Kash

            So you know it bested the Huayra which isn’t exactly a slouch and just because it isn’t made for track use doesn’t mean it can’t still dominate on the track.

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