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Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection - The Story of the Greatest Car in the World

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Published by Preface Publishing, part of Cornerstone Publishing

Format: Hardback


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EAN: 9781848093485
Published: 29 Sep 2011


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The Bugatti Veyron's statistics are mind-boggling: 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds; a top speed of 253 mph; tyres that cost £20,000 a set and an engine with ten radiators and four turbos; a launch control system taken from F1 and even windscreen wipers that create sizeable downforce ... all delivered complete with a high-end stereo system, luxurious leather seats and air-conditioning. It was a feat of engineering grandiosity that, in automotive terms, rivals the achievements of the great 19th Century industrialists.

In A Quest for Perfection, no. 1 bestselling author Martin Roach sets out to track down the mythical beast that is a Bugatti Veyron - and ultimately attempts to drive one. He traces the genesis of this remarkable machine through Bugatti's long and glorious early days and then through its more turbulent modern era. Travelling to the top secret Bugatti Research & Development workshop in Germany, touring the factory and chateau in France where these stunning cars are hand-built, interviewing famous engineers, super-rich owners and automotive presidents, as well as a host of other expert eye-witnesses to this unique car's many achievements, Roach ponders this mechanical whirlwind and in so doing has written a page-turning study of a modern masterpiece.

Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection discovers and unravels the enigma that is this remarkable car. Part-history, part-personal obsession, part-travelogue, part-humorous quest, altogether a book that will appeal to both fans of cars, and serious petrol-heads, Top Gear viewers as well as anyone who has ever raised an eyebrow as a shiny piece of metal on four wheels drives past in the street. For the first time, Bugatti has allowed access to the Veyron's Chief Engineer, designers, test drivers, archivists, the Bugatti factory, photographers and the President of Bugatti himself.

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What the critics say

This car cannot be judged in the same way that we judge other cars ... technically it is a car. And yet it just isn't. Other cars are small guesthouses on the front at Brighton and the Bugatti is the Burj Al Arab. It makes even the Enzo and the Porsche Carrera GT feel slow and pointless. It is a triumph for Volkswagen over absolutely every other car maker in the world.
- The Times

This is the equivalent of Concorde. There is nothing like it.
- Jay Leno

This is the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime
- Top Gear

An engaging look at how a small French-born company set about creating the world's fastest production car...It's an incredibly compelling read that allows everyone to take home a piece of modern motoring history - at about one-50,000th of the price of the standard model Veyron
- Shortlist

The definitive Bugatti Veyron book
- Evo magazine

The blurb on the dust jacket states in a rather large font that this was 'written with the full support of Bugatti.' You can tell
- Octane

About the Author

Martin Roach is a number-one-bestselling author with an extensive interest in motorsport and a long-standing passion for supercar history. He worked with David Coulthard on his critically-acclaimed autobiography, It Is What It Is. In the course of his writing work he has witnessed the behind-the-scenes circus of the F1 paddock and motorsport's secretive team factories up close, as well enjoying first-hand experience of two McLaren F1s, a Ferrari F40, a Dino and a chocolate brown Hillman Hunter.

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