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Rich Sufficool
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Pierre Veyron (1903 - 1970) was hired by son, Jean Bugatti as a test driver and engineer in 1932 after he won the 1930 Geneva Grand Prix in a privateer Type 31A. Veyron became Bugatti's factory team driver with his biggest win in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Type 57S "tank". If he could, I'd bet he'd come back from the grave for a chance to drive this 987 hp, 8.0 liter liter, 4 bank, quad turbo W16 luxury rocket ship namesake. This model is the 1st generation of 252 16.4s built between 2005 and 2011.

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Christopher Moroni
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That's a great model of a car I have little interest in. These just never seem to appeal to me..... but of course, I'm in the minority. Countless photos/stories/reviews have been posted over the years.


   
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Marty Johnson
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I have one...

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Mike DeTorrice
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It looks fantastic and ultra-sleek ! Who does this 1/18th ?


   
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David Green
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Fantastic car and great post about Pierre Veyron. Thanks Rich.


   
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Posted by: @mikedetorrice

It looks fantastic and ultra-sleek ! Who does this 1/18th ?

These are by AutoArt, who did quite a few different versions of the Veyron.  They're all excellent models & some are worth quite a bit now.

Mine is the Concept version with a few detail changes over Rich's production version.

@chris...I used to think the same thing, until I saw one at a local car show.  Just saw another one a few weeks ago in Miami.  They're really impressive feats of engineering.


   
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@gavin I've seen a few in person too and once while driving (in front of me). From a distance I thought it was a Porsche, I quickly discovered otherwise....  but I'm just not a fan. I think it's because this super car  just looks too "round & bubbly"  when compared more flatter, and angular, wedge-like super cars.  From what I recall, it does sounds like a super car!  😎


   
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Sadly Bugatti is on a path to become all electric. That is not good as electric just does not have any soul. Ferrari has announced they will not abandon combustion engine cars as they consider the combustion engine to be part of the soul of Ferrari. In the end electric will prove to still have all the same short falls it has always had with limited distance and long charge times making electric unrealistic. Electric vehicles are a small specialty market and will always remain that way. 


   
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@john3976 Range anxiety and long charging times will, one day, be a thing of the past. Some, current prototype battery packs can eek out 1,000 miles; one day it will be 3,000 miles. Fast chargers along with the necessary infrastructure will quickly follow just as gas pumps & gas stations did over a hundred years ago. 

I agree that super car engines are analogous to "souls,"  however, I suspect all supercars will one day be electric. Convincing engine noise can be replicated (for those that must hear something ) but I can't see spending $250K and up (way up! ) for an ICE supercar knowing a Tesla could best me in a 1/4 mile. 

When you say, "Electric vehicles are a small specialty market and will always remain that way,"   it's possible that could be true but there is NO OEM on the planet today that agrees with that statement. EVERY ONE are hedging their bets and pouring BILLIONS into R & D.

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Forcing in anything is a dumb idea ..... especially when it comes to automobiles. There are a lot of reasons why electric cars are a bad idea right now. Companies develop nonsense and hedge their bets when government interference and idiotic commands and regulations are mandated.


   
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Posted by: @mikedetorrice

Forcing in anything is a dumb idea ..... especially when it comes to automobiles. There are a lot of reasons why electric cars are a bad idea right now. Companies develop nonsense and hedge their bets when government interference and idiotic commands and regulations are mandated.

I know Mike..... it's all a global conspiracy.


   
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