Bugatti Chiron: how to build a £2 million hypercar

The Bugatti Chiron is being prepared to roll after the past year showing the hypercar in events around the world, following its launch at the Geneva motor show last March.

Customers will receive the first cars for the next month. Around 70 examples it is expected that Bugatti, so-called because of the Atelier of this year — 14% of the production of 500 models in general.

The French car maker, owned by Volkswagen Group, says that the process of development of a Chiron for the delivery takes between six and nine months. Each of € 2.4 million (£2m) 1479bhp supercar, which can reach 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and hit 261mph, is mounted for 20 employees on hand, with over 1800 pieces.

Bugatti claims that its Molsheim plant has been “extensively modified” to take into account that the car of greater performance on the Veyron and the “generally more complex nature of the new product and its production process”.

Here, in the pictures, they are in the process of production, stands out.

Chiron is built in the Bugatti ‘Atelier’, at its headquarters in Molsheim, has been the company’s base since it was founded in 1909. The building, built in 2006, is the shape of an oval to echo the logo of the brand, the Bugatti Macaron.

The Workshop has a surface of over 1000 square meters. The new bright white floor is made of epoxy resin and is conductive, which guarantees the dissipation of any electrostatic charge.

The only electronic tool in the chassis assembly is the new EC nutrunner system. It creates a data value for each one of the screws in the chassis and stored in a computer connected to the system, which in turn gives the assembly worker of a signal when the right torque value is reached. There are more than 1800 of bolted joints in a Chiron, with the necessary documentation to 1068 of them.

Chassis assemblers to marry with the union of the monocoque and the rear end. Three employees spend a week in the assembly of the chassis. The staff, in contrast with the traditional production line workers, must be able to assemble the entire chassis, including the rear, unibody and frame.

Bugatti updated rolling dynamometer is the most powerful of its kind in the world, according to the brand. It is said that the unit has been the largest investment in preparation for the Chiron. The changes, including the largest, the electrical cables, were needed because the old technology could not absorb the 1479bhp and 1179lb ft developed by the Chiron. The new unit can produce electricity of up to 1200A during the operation; the excess energy is fed to the local network in Molsheim.

During the water test, the Chiron is exposed to the monsoon rain for 30 minutes to ensure there are no leaks.

Only after that the inner mount, which typically takes two people for three days. The next step is a test drive — once the car has been covered in a strong clear plastic, paper, aluminum, that has a day in itself.

The car is driven about 190 miles at variable speeds, including in excess of 155 mph on a runway of the airport.

In the light of the tunnel, a six-hour inspection is done before the car is signed.