The Bugatti Veyron was a Bugatti, not an Audi (see prototype Avus Quattro), or Volkswagen, was the result of very specific circumstances. Nothing else. During years, Ferdinand Piëch was obsessed with throwing a supercar or rather a hiperdeportivo. He wanted to prove that Volkswagen could launch a high-flying beast, a fighter-records, a sport that leave us all speechless, he was on everyone's lips for demonstrating technological capacity and development of German engineering. To the extent that Volkswagen, manufacturer most associated with compact cars to suit all budgets, You could have your own Veyron.
Ferdinand Piëch was obsessed with Volkswagen to demonstrate its capability, technological and industrial, to produce one of the most spectacular sports of all time. The Bugatti Veyron might well have been called Audi or Volkswagen.
In 1997, Ferdinand Piëch would ask Italdesign, Giorgetto Giugiaro and large a very special custom. Volkswagen needed a body suitable for transplanting a twelve-cylinder double vee, and a drive system to the four wheels. With this letter we are already seeing some similarities with what later would know like Bugatti Veyron.
Volkswagen and started a project that would last for five years. that of create a high-flying sports car, fighter-records, the perfect base to develop the W12 engine, and who knows if lay the foundations for a future production model.
For Giugiaro, the body of this prototype was nothing short dress with the first thing you find in the closet. The important thing was its engine.
So, in 1997 he presented in Tokyo Volkswagen W12 Syncro, a prototype with a certainly spectacular design, which even kept some reminiscences with the last Bugatti (the EB110) manufactured prior to its acquisition by the Volkswagen Group.
Casual or not, Giorgetto Giugiaro recognize later that the body was that Volkswagen W12 Syncro almost an anecdote. For Giugiaro, the body of this car was almost like leaving home to attend an appointment with the first items you find in the closet. Which is saying a lot for a designer Giorgetto the likes of. The beauty was inside, in his twelve-cylinder engine. Hence in Italdesign opting for design panoramic roof, extended to the rear, so that the engine remain visible, of course in its central rear position.
Volkswagen was also a priority to test their Syncro all-wheel drive system.
With a 420 hp W12 engine, this prototype marked its beginnings in 0 to 100 km / h in 4 seconds.
As the project is still going for long, the next step of Volkswagen and Italdesign was to transform this prototype Syncro in the Volkswagen W12 Roadster, a sort of supercar homeless.
Keep this beast, once again, the W12 engine of the original 5,600 cm3, with 420 hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4 seconds. The most important to its predecessor, the story beyond the ceiling difference was that the system was replaced with all-wheel drive rear-wheel drive.
Volkswagen was advancing at an unstoppable pace, towards launching its own supercar. In any case, the high priority of Volkswagen remained to develop a twelve-cylinder engine in reliable, decent double vee best sports, but especially of its most luxurious cars. An obsession, fueled by Piëch, to stand up to the V12 of competence.
Although it was not initially built for it, this prototype would mark several long distance records, such as travel more than 7,000 kilometers in 24 hours.
In 2001 it would be presented in society Volkswagen W12 Nardò, a new iteration of this supercar tuning to break records. Without going any further, last name, tuberose, made reference to the famous test track high-speed located in Italy.
Volkswagen returned to the coupe body, but also He continued squeezing its W12 engine to achieve 660 hp. Although initially was not intended for long-distance testing, this prototype would get beat several records, the 5,000 kilometers of the of 5,000 miles and 24 hours of uninterrupted rolling to a distance of 7,085.7 kilometers at an average speed of 295.24 km / h. I repeat. 7,085.7 kilometers in just 24 hours. We talk about a feat comparable to leave Madrid, arriving in Berlin, back to Madrid, and return to Berlin in 24 hours.
In his obsession with breaking records, Volkswagen would even create a new iteration of the prototype in 2002, more advanced, closer to a Sport Prototype resistance. Among the priorities that Volkswagen W12 Record, were tuning a chassis for a high-flying sport, and its mechanical configuration. The W12 grew to 5,998 cm3, closer to twelve-cylinder engine in the last few years have seen different models of the Volkswagen Group. Its power was at 600 hp and got endless endurance records, including touring 7740.576 kilometers in 24 hours at an average speed of 322.891 km / hour.
But by then there was no need to make a new hiperdeportivo. At that time, the Volkswagen Group had already officially announced the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Ferdinand Piëch Bugatti found himself in the perfect seal to develop an incredible project, three decades later still making rivers of ink.
The W12 Volkswagen prototypes had done its job. Those engines would eventually become the perfect base of large saloons of representation, as the Volkswagen Phaeton, or the Audi A8, and even the common heart of the full range of Bentley models.
And those qualities which even today continue mentioning to praise, and even justify the need for the W12 engines probably were born there in supercars in endless hours of set-up and high-speed continuous shooting in Nardò.
Source: Volkswagen | Italdesign
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