The first Bugatti Chirons are readied for delivery, we take a look at what it takes to build a £2 Million Hypercar.
A year has been spent showcasing the Bugatti Chiron, a £2 million hypercar that will be ready to grace the roads next month. In total, 500 Chiron's will be made overall and around 70 examples will be made this year. It has been reported that the process of making a Chiron to delivery takes between six and nine months, assembled by 20 employees with each car costing £2 million.
The Chiron is a 1479bhp hypercar that can sprint from 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of 261mph. The Bugatti plant: Molsheim has been modified to cater for the car's higher performance as the Chiron would bring more complex problems during the production process.
A series of pictures have been released to document the process of building a £2 million hypercar, and here they are:
The Bugatti Chiron is built at its headquarters in Molsheim, this has been the heart of the Bugatti company since it was founded in 1909. The building was built in 2006 and is shaped like the companies oval logo. A weird design feature that makes the Bugatti building extra special is that intricate steel constriction has been implemented that makes it appear to float.
The Bugatti factory has over 1000 square metres of floor space, a glossy white floor accentuates the building's design, but also serves a bit of scientific purpose. The floor is made from epoxy, which dissipates any electrostatic charges.
There is only one electric tool used in the assembly of the chassis, this is an EC nutrunner system. The tool is used to create a data value for each and every bolt on the chassis, storing it in a computer which is synced to the system, this gives assembly workers a signal when the right torque value is reached.
In such a high priced and powerful car everything has to be precise. Over 1800 bolts join the Chiron and documentation is needed for 1068 of them.
Three employees spend around a week on the assembly of the chassis. They must assemble the entire chassis, this is including the monocoque and the frame. An extensive amount of time is taken to perfect each part of the Chiron's assembly.
'Now this isn't dodgy Dave's backstreet garage.' As we mentioned before, the Bugatti factory has been heavily modified to cater for the needs of such a powerful car. One of these modifications are the dynamometer, it's the most powerful one in the world according to Bugatti. Larger electric cables are used to deal with the amount of speed developed by the Chiron.
All vehicles are water tested, but Bugatti take it to the next level. The Chiron is subjected to monsoon rain for 30 minutes, this is to ensure there are no leaks.
After that you'd think that the Chiron is more than ready to leave the factory, right? Well you'd be wrong. The next step in the process is installing the interior, it takes three days and two people to completely fit the interior. After that it's time for a test drive, but not without protection of course... The car is covered with a strong see-through plastic foil to protect the car on it's first day on the road. Fitting the transparent plastic alone takes a day, but nothing is left on the table in the production of a £2 million hypercar.
190 miles are covered in the Chiron during road testing at various speeds, high speed tests are also conducted, hitting an excess of 155mph on an airport runway.
Once the test drive is finished the car is then taken into a light tunnel. This tunnel will show any imperfections in the paintwork - should there be any - the inspection takes six-hours and this is carried out on every Chiron before the car is finally signed off.
The Chiron has quite a journey, from monsoon rain, to airport runways to light tunnels. The Chiron is so much more than a car, it's a work of car.