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Bugatti’s strict quality check requires that every hyper sports car produced meets outstanding quality standards in all conditions, be it on the circuit or for day-to-day use. So, it’s not surprising that Bugatti regularly tests their cars, both the future series-production models and current models, on various circuits and test tracks. To accomplish this, the Bugatti development team goes to the grueling Nürburgring circuit once a year.  

Recently, the team headed to the Nürburgring with no less than six engineers with the most exclusive vehicle fleet in the world. The four models in the fleet have a net value of just a little under 20 million euros, starting with the Centodieci (worth 8 million euros), the Divo (5 million euros), the Chiron Super Sport 300+ (3.5 million euros), and the Chiron Pur Sport (3 million euros). 

Bugatti’s Head of Chassis Testing and Setup Lars Fischer stated: 

“We want to achieve the best possible chassis setup for our customers, so we perform test-drives under extreme conditions as well as in day-to-day situations.” 

The unusual topography of the Nordschleife has made it one of the most demanding circuits, providing a perfect testing environment. The circuit consists of 40 right-hand and 33 left-hand bends, 17 percent gradients, with an altitude difference of 300 meters, all dispersed over a distance of 20.832 kilometers. 

Bugatti Divo
Bugatti Divo
Chiron Super Sport 300+
Chiron Super Sport 300+

Centodieci
Centodieci
Chiron Pur Sport
Chiron Pur Sport

Vehicles have to be perfectly set up to be able to complete the circuit quickly and effortlessly.

During the test laps, engineers observe and record the overall impression that the vehicle makes, ensuring that it delivers the perfect differentiation within the Chiron family’s performance range. After the test drives, the results are interpreted and sent to the development team in order for the execution procedure to be further optimized.

Centodieci being tested

Bugatti’s Head of Chassis Development Jachin Schwalbe explained: 

“We put the same degree of development and testing into a few-off like the Centodieci as we do with the Chiron.” 

For the Chiron Super Sport 300+, the finalized chassis’ series setup is checked and verified by the developers. Since the Chiron Super sport 300+ is designed for longitudinal dynamics, it is developed primarily for maximum speeds of up to 440kph.

Schwalbe stated:

“The Chiron Super Sport 300+ naturally has to likewise deliver a very high-performance drive on narrow tracks. 

Chiron Super Sport 300+ being tested

The development engineers consider the characteristics and handling of the current Divo and Chiron Pur Sport as benchmarks for the new Centodieci and Chiron Super Sport 300+. This enables them to experience and directly compare Bugatti’s broad “spectrum of performance.”  

[Source: Bugatti]

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Bugatti Most Exclusive Development Lineup Head to the Nürburgring
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bugatti-centodieci-and-chiron-super-sport-300/
Published Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2021 07:47:52 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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