Auto China 2012: Bugatti unveils one off Grand Sport “Wei Long 2012”

Article by Christian A., on April 23, 2012

Bugatti introduced today at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing the Grand Sport “Wei Long 2012”, a one off model equipped with unique porcelain dragon relief parts at the in- and outside paying homage to the year of the dragon. Developed in collaboration with Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, the new Bugatti Grand Sport “Wei Long 2012” features dragon relief sculptures on finest porcelain both on the body and in the cabin endowing the car with deep Chinese cultural heritage.

Moreover, the same dragon sculptures are found on the oil and fuel cap. The vehicle features a carmine red interior fitted with headrests embroidered with the Chinese “Dragon” character and handcrafted silk floor mats featuring Chinese “Dragon” character. Furthermore, the interior received a center piece with a white porcelain dragon relief sculpture.

The vehicle is powered by the 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine delivering an impressive 1,000 hp and able to push the car to a top speed of 407 km/h with the roof on. Without the roof the speed is limited to 350 km/h. The Bugatti Grand Sport “Wei Long 2012” is priced at 1.58 million euros.

Every year, Monterey, California sees the world's most significant automotive celebration. The year 2009 saw some of the most sophisticated, select, and respected cars ever made in the last 100 years, and Bugatti was front and centre. The night before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the highlight event, the marque famous for perfect automotive engineering, design, and performance introduced a second model, the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport with a singular removable roof.

Answering consumer demand, Bugatti significantly modified the vehicle's complex construction to allow for open-top driving, adding another dimension to the high-end sports car. Combining a range of new safety and equipment innovations, it is the fastest and most thrilling roadster, immediately identifiable with its slightly higher windscreen, unique daytime running lights, and light, clear polycarbonate roof.

Developing a removable roof for the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport was a challenge because of the unique fixed-roof Bugatti Veyron design. Engineering to create an optimally rigid and light monocoque passenger cell that was as strong as the original model and yet weighing the absolute least was central to the vehicle's structure. Since the roof is integral to this structure, removing it required redesigning load paths to maintain rigidity and safety along with extra protection from side impacts and rolling.

So, the monocoque structure has reinforced side skirts and transmission tunnel. The B-pillars have carbon fibre support to cross-stiffen it, and a central carbon plate beneath the transmission tunnel makes sure the vehicle has less torsional flexing than any other roadster.

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