29 January 2004

Bugatti is reassessing the development status of its Veyron supercar with a view to further delaying its launch. The review has been instigated by new president Thomas Bscher, who is anxious to ensure that there are no more false starts and that the car fully meets expectations, including the power output and performance previously claimed for it. Bugatti insiders are confident that the car will meet the claims – which include a 252mph top speed – despite the fact that it is currently overweight and that there are difficulties generating the required aerodynamic downforce. Much work is also being done on the power unit, Bugatti even installing the 987bhp V16 in a Lamborghini Diablo mule for engine management work. Refinement is also an issue. Bugatti management is working on a report that will assess the time needed to complete the development. A launch date will then be decided, and Bscher is determined to stick to it. Bugatti had previously planned the official unveiling last July but cancelled, further fuelling speculation that the project was in difficulty.

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