Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: more photos released

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 13, 2012

The Grand Sport Vitesse that Bugatti debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is its most powerful roadster ever. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by the same 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine that delivers 1,200 hp, nearly 200 hp higher than the output of the standard Grand Sport.

The Grand Sport Vitesse offers 1,500 Nm of torque, with an extra 250 Nm over the Grand Sport. Bugatti attributes the additional power to the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. In addition, the car chassis was modified so that it could support the additional power. The design of the Grand Sport Vitesse is inspired by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

It comes with a new front bumper, new side sills, and the same exhaust system used on the Super Sport. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can go as fast as 431 km/h, making it the current holder of the world speed record. Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer said that the Super Sport’s “rapid success” prompted the company to boost the Bugatti roadster’s performance.

It is in Monterey, California, where the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of the most important annual automobile-related events, is held. Back in 2009, this event saw a display of the most valuable, exclusive, and elegant vehicles to have been made in more than a century of motoring. Celebrated for being a brand with excellent automotive solutions as well as remarkable driving dynamics and visuals, Bugatti played a large role during the 2009 celebration.

Prior to the start of one of the biggest events of the year, Bugatti will be presenting the Veyron Grand Sport which comes with a unique removable roof and is the brand’s second model. Despite the complex structure of the model, the brand made sure to put in some improvements to make open-top driving possible. This was done due to requests from customers and the result is that this high-performance sports car brings with it a new dimension.

The most difficult challenge that needed to be hurdled was that fact that the Veyron Grand Sport had a unique structure, which is its fixed roof. At the heart of this structure, the right mix of lightweight engineering and rigidity resulted in the original version having a monocoque passenger cell that while tremendously strong, had a weight that was the absolute minimum.

In addition, since the roof was an important part of the entire structure, removing it meant that there would have to be a redesign with regards to the load paths. This was because of a need to ensure that the rigidity as well as crash safety remained. Further, protection from the side had to be increased. The same goes for the rolling protection.

To achieve the objective set, the monocoque structure was reinforced, especially on the transmission tunnel and in the area of the side skirts. Through a carbon-fiber support, it made it possible for the B-pillars to be cross-stiffened. Meanwhile just below the transmission tunnel, a central carbon plate has been placed to make sure that the new model would experience lower torsional flexing unlike any other roadster before it. In terms of safety features, the door is now composed of carbon fiber and is where the integrated longitudinal beam is positioned.

Should an accident ever occur, the load from the A-pillar is immediately transferred to the B-pillar, dispersing the impact energy. Helping cool the 16-cylinder mid-engine are the air intakes which have been redesigned. Since it now has elements made of carbon fiber measuring 10 cm wide, roll protection for the Veyron Grand Sport is enhanced.

Indeed, with various new safety features and innovative equipment inside, this makes the new Veyron Grand Sport one of the most exciting and fastest roadster. In terms of design, what makes it instantly recognizable as a Bugatti are the transparent and lightweight polycarbonate roof, uniquely styled daytime running lights, and higher windscreen.

Inside, there is the backstitched and moisture-resistant leather plus a wide array of equipment like the "Puccini" sound system that has the digital signal processor and the reversing camera which comes with the 2.7-inch monitor on the rear-view-mirror.

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