Bugatti engineers are completing the next phase of development of the special Centodieci with hot weather tests in the Arizona desert.
The air vibrating over the asphalt makes the road appear to glow. On the stones, the lizards bask in the heat and only briefly nod when a convoy of Bugatti hyper sports cars passes by State Route 1. climate conditions. The car at the head of the convoy is a prototype of the special vehicle.
In the deserts of the United States, temperatures can sometimes exceed 50°C, creating an extremely hostile environment for humans and machines. However, it’s an environment that gives Bugatti engineers a crucial advantage.
Departing from California, the convoy travels 800 kilometers (500 miles) to Arizona using the Central Pacific Highway, which runs across the Pacific Ocean and passes through San Diego. Behind the Bugatti Centodieci, three Chiron Pur Sport and four Chiron Super Sport parades were held for a total of eight hyper sports cars from Molsheim. Except for the Centodieci’s white, the bodywork of the special and exceptional vehicles in this fleet is protected by a matte black film.
Up to 2,800 meters above sea level and outside temperature of 45°C
The rapid ascents of Mount Lemmon north of Tucson (Arizona) bring the Bugatti fleet to an altitude of about 2,800 feet. Like other cars, engineers put the Centodieci through a brutal testing schedule. It is subject to the bumps of bad roads, it is subject to slow stops and starts, the air conditioner is kept constant at maximum under the blazing sun, and it is driven at 320 km/h on a closed road.
At every stage, Bugatti engineers repeatedly check key systems such as electricity, telemetry, radio frequencies, air conditioning and fuel tanks. Extreme stress for both man and machine. As with every model, up to 200 pressure and temperature sensors equip the Centodieci and transmit data to the engineers in the field and the development team in Wolfsburg.
Centodieci’s unique properties have proven themselves in harsh conditions.
Due to its many unique features, Centodieci is subject to an even higher level of technical scrutiny. Powered by a powerful 8.0-liter W16 engine producing 1,176 kW/1,600 PS at 7,000 rpm, the Centodieci has an additional air intake next to the oil cooler that regulates the engine temperature.
This special convoy draws attention in every gas station and parking lot. Quickly, clusters of people form around the vehicles, taking pictures and questioning the team. An old lady immediately invites the Bugatti team for a ride with the local car club, and she is so impressed with these cars.
Having successfully completed high temperature endurance tests, Bugatti engineers will now receive the Centodieci for the final high-speed driving and endurance tests in Europe at a distance of 30,000 kilometers (18,600 miles). Only after these tests have been completed and approved by the car development team will production of the ten Centodieci models begin in Molsheim, France.