July 20, 2020 by Bugatti
Specialists verify each Divo in an in depth dynamic approval drive earlier than handover

Molsheim, Germany 20 July 2020. A particular movie covers the carbon physique, protecting covers are in place all through the inside. A particular check cowl replaces the underbody to keep away from harm to the shopper car. The primary Divo1 will quickly depart the Atelier in Molsheim in Alsace, France. However earlier than Bugatti delivers the primary Divo autos to prospects, every particular person automobile should show that it meets the French luxurious producer’s excessive requirements of perfection – in an in depth last approval check drive.
‘Every car is intensively examined and checked earlier than supply in order that we will assure absolutely the high quality of our hyper sports activities vehicles such because the Divo. We wish to get as near perfection as attainable. Our prospects anticipate that from us,’ says Christophe Piochon, Member of the Board for Manufacturing and Logistics at Bugatti and Molsheim Website Supervisor. Excellent high quality and craftsmanship are two essential cornerstones within the over 110-year historical past of Bugatti and nonetheless function the benchmark and motivation at this time. The corporate founder Ettore Bugatti maintained {that a} technical product was good provided that it was additionally good from an aesthetic viewpoint.
Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery
4 intensively skilled workers from the Atelier and two from the standard assurance division check each hand-built Divo. Earlier than the Divo rolls onto the street for the primary time after meeting, two workers cowl the physique with eight sq. metres of a particular protecting movie. As a substitute of the unique underbody, they match an underbody particularly for check functions and change the unique wheels with a set of check wheels. The technicians verify all digital capabilities of the car and regulate the chassis together with the wheel toe.

Take a look at drive lasts 5 hours

Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery
Since 2005, Steve Jenny has been liable for issuing the dynamic approval for the hyper sports activities vehicles. As a top quality assurance professional, he pays consideration to even the tiniest particulars. He has painstakingly checked 95 p.c of all Bugatti vehicles which have been constructed by hand in Molsheim as much as the current day, and has pushed over 340,000 kilometres within the Veyron, Chiron2 and now additionally the Divo whereas doing this. ‘I discovered my absolute dream job over 15 years in the past. However it is usually a job with quite a lot of accountability,’ explains Steve Jenny. The standard guidelines for the Divo comprises over 100 factors that he should tick off.

Steve Jenny first checks whether or not the car complies with the homologation that’s required for the area to which will probably be delivered. He additionally performs a last verify of the shopper’s chosen configuration. Have all the shopper’s needs and choices been realised accurately? Within the third step, the standard inspector exams all electrically operated capabilities such because the management show, energy home windows, navigation, sound system and air con system.

Solely after this verify has been accomplished does Steve Jenny begin the W16 engine and drive slowly out of the Atelier. The check drive takes as much as 5 hours and covers round a 300-kilometre route by way of Alsace. It takes the automobile by way of the Vosges mountains and contains stretches on public roads and motorways. Through the dynamic approval check, Steve Jenny checks the response of the Divo to steering and driving instructions over the course of the following few hours. ‘The bending and hilly roads of the Vosges mountains are perfect for this check drive. Right here I can verify the steering, cornering behaviour, shift factors and hill begins,’ explains Steve Jenny.
Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery
For acceleration and high-speed exams, each Divo drives on the closed runway on the Colmar airport. Right here, the Divo will be subjected to varied practical exams that require speeds of over 250 km/h. Steve Jenny continues to work by way of his guidelines: Launch Management, driving within the totally different driving modes, airbrake operate, quick lane adjustments at 170 km/h, braking behaviour in addition to full braking from 160 km/h to 0, ESP verify and whether or not the complete energy of 1,500 PS can be out there at 340 km/h, for instance. ‘Through the exams on the closed airfield, I can drive the Divo undisturbed and safely and may verify all capabilities as soon as extra even at excessive speeds,’ he says.

After leaving Colmar airport, the automobile is then pushed at a extra sedate velocity on the motorway so as to quiet down the 8.0-litre W16 engine with 1,500 PS and 1,600 newton metres. ‘With such a person car just like the Divo which has largely been constructed by hand, a couple of issues can come up after the drive which we then should appropriate. However that’s precisely our strategy. We wish to discover any small however however attainable factors of criticism and remove them earlier than supply. Solely then will the shopper be pleased with their Divo,’ says Steve Jenny. He data any reactions, noises or impressions that seem unusual or not excellent to him on a voice recorder whereas driving. After the drive, he enters his feedback on the car routing card and analyses them collectively together with his colleagues on the next day. The Divo is ready for the following step solely when the skilled check drivers can’t hear even the tiniest sound that’s misplaced or really feel any disturbing vibration. After the car returns to the Atelier, the technicians change the gearbox oil in addition to the wheels that belong to the automobile and match the unique underbody. That is adopted by a final one-hour check drive over 50 kilometres so as to difficulty the ultimate dynamic approval.

Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery

Six hours for the ultimate visible approval

After the technicians have spent a day meticulously eradicating the physique safety, true paint artists produce the end through the course of two complete days. 4 additional workers sporting high-quality, white cotton gloves then verify the surfaces for good ending throughout a greater than six-hour audit inspection. Solely when the Divo is standing completely within the daylight-bright mild beam of the Atelier’s personal mild tunnel does Christophe Piochon then spend round one hour inspecting each mannequin that’s prepared for supply. ‘We make investments an immense quantity of effort and time, however this enables us to make sure that solely autos near perfection depart the Atelier,’ explains Christophe Piochon.

With the Divo hyper sports activities automobile, Bugatti is reviving its lengthy coachbuilding custom. As a part of this, the French producer creates unparalleled and extremely customised masterpieces of automotive craftsmanship. The high-performance hyper sports activities automobile has its personal unique character, gives enhanced agility and shouldn’t be lacking from any hyper sports activities automobile assortment of Bugatti fans. Bugatti will ship solely 40 Divo autos to its prospects within the coming months – at a web unit value of 5 million euros.
Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery
Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery
Bugatti Divo – First Customer Vehicles Just Before Delivery

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