The Bugatti is probably the ultimate expression of automotive engineering and in the view of many experts makes a high point of road legal performance that will never be challenged. Bugatti was founded by Italian engineer Ettore Bugatti who built his first in 1900. his cars became known for being light and were engineered to exceptionally high standards. His cars were extremely successful in competition from the beginning of the 20s until the beginning of WW2. After the war, the company faded and Bugatti died in 1947. Bugatti continued as a manufacturer of aircraft to revive car making. In 1987 Italian Romano Artioli bought the brand built the ambitious carbon fiber bodied EB110 supercar in a new state of the art factory. It has a quad turbo, V16 engine and four wheel drive. The Bugatti folded after four years. The Bugatti badge was bought by the VW Group under the hyper ambitious Ferdinand Piech. Three Bugatti concept cars, a supercar and a saloon were produced before the Veyron was announced in 2000. it stuck closely to the formula of the EB110, using an aliminium reinforced carbon fiber body, four wheel drive and a 16 cylinder engine fitted with four turbochargers>VW said the Veyron would get 1001 bhp, unheard in a production car. Developing of a car that could handle 1001 bhp and hit 253 mph proved difficult for VW and the Veyron was two year late.
Achieving aerodynamics stability and managing the immense heat from the engine (the car ended up with 10 radiators for the various fluids), were two of the biggest problems. But when it was launched, the Veyron received wide applause because the performance targets had been met and the car also handled exceptionally well, the million Euro price tag seemed appropriate for the ultimate in automotive engineering.