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Trimmed and stripped Veyron

2007-09-14 09:02
Giving new meaning to the word "stripped" is the Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang, which uses carbon fibre and aluminium in place of traditional paintwork.

The special model is based on the most legendary of Bugatti's design themes - the two-tone paintwork. However, on Pur Sang, which translates to "pure blood" and pays homage to the marque's racing heritage, two materials are used instead.

The body shell comprises a pure aluminium alloy, to prevent irregular polishing, and is offset by carbon fibre insets throughout the body.

While aesthetically pleasing, this combination also shaves about 100 kg of the weight of the standard Veyron, which should make it an even more potent performer.

However, the monocoque structure retains all the elements, including the W16 engine, that make this one of the most desired supercars in the world.

In its standard form, the rakish Veyron weighs nearly two tons. Its two V8 banks produce 736 kW and a phenomenal 1 250 Nm. It has a top speed of 400 km/h.

Owning one of these may almost literally cost you an arm and a leg, but you'll be spared the agony since all five units of the special edition "Pur Sang" were sold within 24 hours of the car's Frankfurt unveiling.

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