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In Depth: 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Jens Schulenburg, who is Bugatti’s vehicle engineer chef, recently stated that it is not possible to customize the standard Veyron to be just as fast as the limited edition Super Sport model.”To get more horsepower, you need more cooling. To get more cooling, you need more airflow through more and bigger radiators. To accomplish this, you need to redesign the front end. When you do that, you change the aerodynamic balance of the car at speed. To rebalance the car, you need to change the roof and rear fascia.”

What did we learn from this? That the Super Sport edition that has a staggering price of $2.58 million is not just a Veyron with a performance chip installed. The SS is a heavily modified version of the standard 1011 hp, quad-turbo, AWD, sixteen-cylinder hypercar. Although the original Veyron was a success as Bugatti sold 260 cars since it was first introduced back in 2005, why would they make such a big fuss for the Super Sport taking into consideration that only 40 cars will be produced? The standard edition manufacturing will stop once they hit 300 units.

Julius Kruta, Bugatti’s Head of Tradition said that the current standard model owners want a more dynamic and exciting driving experience and once the Super Sport was announced, the preorders were made by the current Veyron owners. The Super Sport now features NACA ducts instead of the roof-mounted engine air scoops that are available on the standard model; it has a more open front fascia which is more vertical because the car now requires extra ducting and cooling. In addition, the back of the Veyron Super Sport is now reshaped for aero and a new rim design was implemented that will provide a more efficient brake cooling and better exhausting. Even more than that, the weight of a wheel has shrunk with six pounds, making the car even lighter than before. All these modifications offer the car a more aggressive and integrated exterior appearance.

Moving inside, nothing really has changed in comparison to the standard model and put side by side with the Grand Sport, the car looks less elegant but that is not necessarily a bad thing as the business-look fits very well into the picture. The aluminum instrument panel structure is made out of a single piece of metal and what Bugatti did is they acquired enough aluminum from the same batch so that they could have the possibility to manufacture all the interior pieces needed for the entire 40 car batch of Super Sports. Why? Because the different batches of metals absorb color with various results which meant that not all cars would have been the same.

2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

In order to add the extra 20 % power to the Super Sport, the engineers at Bugatti had to install 10% larger turbochargers to the W16 8.0-liter monster. In addition, the car got new intercoolers that permit a more flowing boost – 1.5 in comparison to 1.2. At 6,400 rpm the driver is able to control all of the horsepower – 1,200 hp and the max torque is obtained between 3,000-5,000 rpm (1,106 pound-feet), which is 1,000 higher in comparison with the standard Veyron.

The engineers at Bugatti made several changes to the seven-speed DSG hydraulic gearbox which now features stronger cogs for the 2nd and 3rd gear, a revised programming, a taller 7th gear and the cooling is now more efficient than before. The brakes of the Super Sport are the same with the standard model which means that it has the same carbon ceramic discs, measuring 11.8-inch in the back and 15.70-inch in the front. The brakes feature 6-piston calipers in the back and 8-piston in the front. The units were slimmed down with 110 pounds and now feature a more efficient cooling and ducting. Although several weight reducing methods were implemented to the car, the Super Sport is still a heavy automobile at its 4,100 pounds.

The Super Sport rides on hand-made Michelin 20-inch tires (365mm in the back and 265mm in the front). The price for four of these tires is $42,000 / set. The tires have 5mm of useful tread which gives them about 10,000 miles autonomy in normal driving use. The car is capable of doing 258 mph but the production units will be electronically limited to 248 mph in order to maintain the rims shod in functional rubber.

We are eager to find out what will the other competitors bring to the table to steal the no.1 position of the fastest production car in the world. Now, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is without any doubt the fastest automobile ever produced and it looks like it will remain in the same position for a good amount of time.


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