The first units of the Bugatti Chiron are on their way to three customers in Europe and the Middle East. According to an announcement made by the French sports car manufacturer this week. Each car has an approximate cost of $2.6 million

After months of assembling and testing inside the companies’ atelier in Molsheim, three Bugatti Chiron were sent to its owners. Each vehicle is extensively tested. It takes about five months to make it available for the roads. Even before leaving the atelier, the car is outfitted with used wheels and goes on a 200-mile test drive to assure that the brakes and the suspension are working correctly. Before leaving the factory, every manager of the plant must examine the car in the light tunnel.

New Bugatti Chiron unveiled at 2016 Geneva show. Image Credit: Car Magazine

This supercar is capable of reaching 300mph 

Bugatti, which is one of the world’s most admired supercar manufacturers, announced that the first units of its Chiron were already delivered. The Chiron is intended to replace the Veyron.

The three lucky customers are from Europe and the Middle East. Each car cost about $2.6 million. It has an 8.0-litre W16 engine fitted with four turbochargers and produces a maximum of 1,479 mph.

The Chiron is capable of 260mph and more, which is more than its predecessor the Veyron. Its top speed is 400mph. It can get from 0 to 100 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.

Every Chiron goes through a rigorous check from a team of 50 people from the production, quality assurance, and the logistic team.

It takes about five months to build a single Chiron, according to Christophe Pichon, general manager of the Molsheim facility and Bugatti board member for production and logistics.

The car spends three weeks in the paint shop. It’s a week just to assemble the chassis. Wheel alignment takes a couple of days. Then there’s a whole other week just to assemble the body.

Only 70 Chiron units are produced a year

After it is assembled, each vehicle is extensively tested. After the engine is installed, it is tested to 124 mph on a rolling road inside the factory.

Then it is tested outside for eight hours. Before leaving the factory. The cars are outfitted with used wheels to prevent damage, and they go out on a  200-mile test drive, first on French mountain roads then to the airport in Colmar, France, where the Bugatti test driver takes each car over 186 mph on the taxiway.

Then it goes back from the airport to the factory, where its new wheels and tires are installed. After that, it’s driven for another 30 miles to make sure everything is mechanically perfect.

However, the process is not done. Then, every manager — quality, production, sales, after-sales, the director-general of the Atelier — examines the car in the light tunnel before giving final sign off for delivery.

No wonder why Bugatti only produces 70 of these amazing cars a year. The company is planning to display a Chiron at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. There are about 200 orders for the Chiron already.

Source: The Verge