Bugatti unveils unique Grand Sport Vitesse for Lang Lang

Article by Christian A., on October 6, 2013

Bugatti took inspiration from a concert grand piano to build a Grand Sport Vitesse in celebration of the concert by prominent pianist Lang Lang in Molsheim, France. The one-off model is inspired by the Type 57 Atalante and features black-tinted carbon fiber and Blanc Atalante paint meant to imitate piano keys.

This two-tone styling could be seen further in the cabin as the car has white leather door pads with black contrast stitching that is intended to bring to mind "note lines" on sheet music. In addition, the steering wheel has piano black trim and gold-plated accents.

Just like the standard model, the car is equipped with a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine that delivers 1,200 HP (882 kW) and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, enabling the model to make the zero to 100 km/h sprint in 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 408.84 km/h (253 mph) if it has its roof down.

In order to put the unparalleled strength onto the road totally safely and masterfully, the ingenious engineers have overhauled the chassis of the Vitesse. Thanks to the fast-responding dampers that have been taken from motor racing, the control of the car has been significantly enhanced and perfectly adjusted. Body roll and pitching during hard acceleration and braking are now practically impalpable.

Enhanced wheel-load fluctuations have additionally diminished understeer and permitted a peak level of dynamic safety. In addition to the unrivalled lateral acceleration of up to 1.4 g, the exact interaction of the tires (on all-new, lighter 20-inch "Vitesse"- type alloy wheels), together with the intelligent all-wheeldrive system, guarantees a great degree of good handling.

The chassis, all-wheel-drive system and the overhauled ESP form a dynamic partnership. Since the remodelled ESP kicks in somewhat later, for instance, when you speed out of corners, the Grand Sport Vitesse likewise gives a more powerful execution in these scenarios. It's a given that Bugatti has adjusted the brake-cooling system to account for the significantly higher engine yield. The brakes, which are unmatched as far as steadiness and execution are concerned, now have increased and bigger air intakes.

By and large, one might say that the Grand Sport Vitesse is much more potent than the 1,001 hp Grand Sport, however, at the same time, it has not been transformed into a full-blow racing vehicle. It in this manner that it remains easy to control for the driver. In this specific situation, it is simply astonishing that Bugatti figured out how to significantly add comfort in the chassis region by tapering the dynamic natural frequency.

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