Fast and Furious

February 22nd, 2018
Fast and Furious
The National Motor Museum in Birdwood has a 2008 Bugatti Veyron on exhibition until 2023.

The Veyron is considered one of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world, with the tyres alone costing $20,000 each.

The regular top speed of the Veyron is 343 kmh but it has recorded up to 408 kmh, reaching 100 kmh in 2.46 seconds.

The car is also expensive to run – using 78 litres of fuel per 100kms at full speed.

National Motor Museum Curator Matthew Lombard said the Veyron is special not just because of the price tag, the speed, or the technical specifications, but also because of its uniqueness.

“Its the only one in the Southern Hemisphere on public display and accessible to all if you pay entry,” he said.

“It’s stunning for locals more than international tourists because Veyrons are more common in Europe.”

Bugatti produced the last Veyron in 2015 and made around 450 during the 10 year production period.

The exhibition car was produced in France as one of only 71 made in 2008 and is one of possibly three Veyrons currently in Australia.

The museum has secured a long term loan from the anonymous South Australian owner who approached the museum with the proposition.

The car was in the United States and the Motor Museum worked with the motoring enthusiast owner to bring the exhibition to South Australia.

Upon arrival on February 3 the Veyron was surrounded by media and followed to the museum, driven by the owner’s mechanic.

Director of the Motor Museum Paul Rees said staff were shocked, astounded and excited when the exhibition was announced as it is such a big coup for the museum, for South Australia, and even for Australia.

“The day of arrival I was on the phone to the Austrian media at 6am because they wanted to do a story on it – that’s how big an event it is,” he said.

“The reaction from the community has been very positive. The museum is a popular place on the list for most people to visit but the list is long. The Veyron has become a catalyst for people who’ve been meaning to visit the museum for a while and we’ve been inundated with the huge increase in visitation.”

“It’s one of those tick boxes cars – people want to say they’ve seen it,” Matthew said.

Paul said the Veyron is so special because of its high end specs and unique technical feats of speed which make it a high end technological experiment.

“It’s like a rocket on land and it’s not an every-day run-around car for most people,” Paul said.

However, Paul said the exhibition is not completely frivolous as car manufacturers use developing technology in vehicles such as the Veyron to adapt new affordable vehicles to run more efficiently or smoothly.

“We need Bugatti Veyrons for the technological breakthroughs that inform production of other run-around vehicles,” he said.

“We are a historical museum and you might say why have the Veyron as an exhibition when it was made in 2008, but the history is in the research and the technological advances.”

The Veyron will be taken out of the museum for special occasions including maintenance and track drives with the owner but the museum is unsure when these events will be or if they will be open to the public.

The museum is open 10am-5pm daily.

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