The journal of Paul M. Watson.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


I am not sure what to make of the Bugatti Veyron. On one hand it is blindingly fast. At full clip it will cross the length of a football pitch in one second. One second. Think about it. As Ronaldinho's boot connects with the ball the Veyron crosses the goal line. The ball travels about ten feet from Ronaldinho's boot and the Veyron is now at the other goal line.

That's mad fast.

The Bugatti Veyron is as fast as a Hawker Hurricane in level flight.

The Bugatti Veyron is so fast that the door mirrors create enough aerodynamic downforce to make a difference. You won't want to stick your hand out the window or let Ol' Yella have a tongue wag out the passenger side.

On the other hand it is blindingly ugly, blindingly expensive and blindingly bad for the environment. In this day and age you have to wonder about the excess, especially coming from Europe.

Clarkson calls it more than a car. The only reason it is called a car is that it passes noise and emission standards and has four wheels. Otherwise it is a low flying fighter jet.

And that is where I think it is less than a car. It is a marvel, an achievement of the highest order but it is an engineering achievement. It is applied science. Lets hope various industries can learn from the aerodynamic and heat management accomplishments of the Veyron but otherwise it is nothing like a car.

Given the chance I'd take one for a drag down the strip and then hand the keys back. Thanks chaps, mad fast it is, but I'd never drive it anywhere.


Anonymous Mark said...

And as the Top Gear team pointed out it's nothing more than an engineering exercise and isn't in anyway reflective of the future.

It's Concorde all over again. A project on a scale so mind boggling that it had to be completed just to prove it could be completed.

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