Buyanga’s new wheels

Buyanga's Bugatti
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WHEN news filtered that businessman Frank Buyanga is the owner of the 2009 Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès edition that was ferried to the Robert Mugabe International Airport by a KLM cargo plane at an estimated cost of $36 000 many jaws dropped.

Below are some interesting facts about the car.

– Oil change costs between US$$20 000 to $25 000 due to the exclusivity of the Bugatti.

– Four tyres cost around US$$38 000.

– The 16-cylinder “W” configuration engine is fed by four turbochargers and features 64 valves, generating 1 001 horsepower at 6 000 rpm.

– The engine draws on its 8-litre displacement to deliver a maximum torque of 1250 Newton-metres between 2 200 and 5 500 rpm.

– With full-time all-wheel drive, the car’s phenomenal power produces breath-takingly dynamic handling, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2,5 seconds.

– The Bugatti Veyron 16,4 benefits from aeronautical and aerospace technologies, making it the fastest production car ever made.

– The car also features a braking system designed to deliver unprecedented powers of deceleration, establishing a new industry benchmark.

– The carbon-fibre discs provide brake pressure of up to 180 bars, combined with eight-piston monobloc callipers and titanium pistons fitted with fine steel heads and ceramic heat protectors.

– Apply the brakes at speeds above 200 km/h, and the rear wing acts as an airbrake, positioning itself at an angle of 113 degrees in less than 0,4 seconds, augmenting the Bugatti Veyron’s already impressive stopping power.

– The airbrake increases negative lift at the rear of the car to 300kg, enhancing the braking torque on the rear axle. At 400 km/h, emergency braking will bring the sports car to a complete halt in less than 10 seconds.