The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engined sports car manufactured in Molsheim, France, by Bugatti. It was named after the racing driver Pierre Veyron.
The developers had a challenge to fulfil the specifications that the new supercar was supposed to meet: over 1,000 hp, a top speed of over 400 km/h and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 in under three seconds. Additionally, be roadworthy without compromise to luxury.
What eventually transpired was the creation of a very special super sports car. The Veyron featured an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine, equivalent to two narrow-angle V8 engines bolted together. Each cylinder has four valves for a total of 64, but the configuration of each bank allows two overhead camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only four camshafts are needed. Resulting specifications? 1,001 hp, 1250 Nm of torque and 0-100 km/h achieved in just 2.5 seconds.
A number of variants were created including the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport roadster, an extreme 16.4 Super Sport and a Grand Sport Vitesse roadster version of the Super Sport. Additionally, the Veyron had a number of versions released in due course referred to as “Bugatti Editions”, honouring the founder and his relations.