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If Superman lived among us, this would be his car

If you’ve ever seen those classic black-and-white photos of an Italian, Twinkie-shaped race car, you’ve seen the beginnings of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, the world’s rocket on wheels. Bugatti shocked auto enthusiasts with its concept model in 2000.  From there, it took engineers and the new Volkswagen ownership seven years to correctly assemble the blistering, 1001-horsepower super sports car able to reach 407 km/h – a power gauge on the instrument panel will inform you how much of the 1001 horsepower you are actually using.

Its acceleration is recorded at 0–100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds, 200 km/h in 7.3 and 300 km/h in 16.7 seconds and, if you use the top speed ignition key, it reaches its top speed of 407 km/h in just under a minute. One of the manufacturing requirements is that its deceleration is quicker than its acceleration. From 100 km/h it only takes 2.3 seconds to stop and from 407 km/h it takes only 13 seconds.

To date, the car remains the fastest legal street car and can win over speed demons with one simple comparison: it can keep up with a Formula 1 race car. In fact, it uses the same launch control technology as Formula 1 racing cars and, because of its blazing speeds, it also incorporates the same survival cell technologies as Formula 1 cars so its structure can withstand intense impact in case of a crash.

The design is a throwback to the 1924 Type 35: the classic two-tone colour scheme results in a typical Bugatti profile and accentuates the grille, while the classic, contrasting “crest line” makes it seem as though the beast was built around the 1924 roadster, literally. It’s estimated to sell at $1.5 million and eight highly qualified employees assemble the car, producing no more than one or two vehicles per week (each one requires three weeks of assembly).

Obviously this is not a car you will find around your local dealership. It must be sought out by enthusiasts who are willing to risk not only driving the behemoth but making the commitment to own one – it costs about $8,000 just to replace one rear tire.

Visit www.bugatti.com for more information and a complete history of the Bugatti legacy.

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