Bugatti begins assembling the 1,600-horsepower Centodieci prototype

Bugatti begins assembling the 1,600-horsepower Centodieci prototype

The Bugatti Centodieci is the logical continuation of the Chiron, which will have 1,600 horsepower under its hood.

Created as a tribute to the EB110, the Bugatti Centodieci is finally turning into reality. The French firm has begun assembling a running and handling prototype that will be used to fine-tune the model before it goes into production.

Although the Centodieci is a development of the Chiron, it’s different enough to require its own development process. Engineers spent more than a year modeling to figure out how parts of a particular model react under different conditions. They studied how air passes through modified body panels, such as the fixed rear wing. They also studied how the new aerodynamic profile affects temperature control.

“Every new car presents a huge challenge because we are creating a very small series that at the same time must meet and even exceed all the quality and safety standards of the big series,” Andre Cullig, technical project manager. for one-off and one-off projects at Bugatti, said in a statement.

Bugatti began dynamometer testing the prototype chassis at its headquarters in Molesheim, France, in early 2021. Essentially, it’s a fast and drivable car with a 8.0-liter W16 engine producing 1,600 horsepower without body panels. Images released by the firm give a fascinating and rare glimpse of what lies beneath the surface. They reveal parts of the cooling system (including lines running down both sides of the car) and miles of wiring.