Bugatti Galibier to receive a new design if it will be produced

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 26, 2011

As you may know already, Bugatti delivered the last Veyron in June and now the company has plans for a new vehicle. All the eyes from Bugatti are looking now at the Galibier Concept, a four-door saloon, which was designed to be one of the fastest cars in the world. According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Volkswagen Group, the company who owns Bugatti, will decide if the vehicle will be produced or not.

Sources say that if the car will be produced, it will be significantly altered from the concept car originally displayed.

According to Bugatti boss Wolfgang Durheimer, the Galibier is now in the second half of the design phase and will be presented to the Volkswagen Group board before Christmas. Apparently, half of the Bugatti Veyron owners have seen the Galibier and been in the car already. It seems that this move made Bugatti change the vehicle.

 “You will still recognize the design from the concept, but now this is a design I can be 100% behind.” said Wolfgang Durheimer. For those who don’t know, the Bugatti Galibier Concept was inspired by the legendary Atlantic Coupé and was powered by the same W16 engine found on the Veyron, delivering 900 hp.

“I will suggest we continue development, but there will be some remarkable changes from the original concept,” said Durheimer. “The design will be different, especially from the B-pillar back, the ingress and regress to the rear seats will be improved, as will the legroom and ergonomics, the car will be a little longer, and the power of the engine will be at least four figures.”

As Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. neared the end of its centenary celebration last weekend at Molsheim, it revealed to customers and the media what may be the most powerful, most elegant, and most exclusive four-door car in the world: the Bugatti Galibier Concept. The location is also significant as this is where Ettore Bugatti started everything. Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen, the company’s current president, revealed that the Bugatti Galibier 16C is merely one of the many concept designs the company is looking into as it plots the course of the company’s future lineup.

In order to create more powerful engines for the company, both company founder Ettore Bugatti and son Jean, practice the values of Art - Forme – Technique. These are the same values that ensured that the body designs would be impressive as well in a car that would be unmatched in terms of elegance, speed, handling, and quality.

With this, father and son continued to experiment using new materials but without any compromises. This is the reason why Bugatti was the first automaker to use aluminum parts not only for the wheels and bodies, but also for the engine blocks. These are also the same values that the design team and the engineering team followed to develop the Bugatti Galibier. Through this four-door model, the company hopes to take the lead in utilizing different material combinations.

The doors and the wings for example were made out of polished aluminum. However the body is instead manufactured using carbon fiber parts, all handmade. The parts have a dark blue color so that when light strikes them, the woven structure is able to shine through beautifully. By utilizing carbon fiber, it also means that the vehicles are not only light but also offer better rigidity.

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