Shotgun in the Veyron Vitesse
One of TG mag's finest adventures over the last 20 years: Africa in the mighty Bug'...
Posted: 04 Oct 2013
This southernmost tip of Africa puts us on the same line of longitude as Sydney, and there's unrelenting heat and dust as well as stunning scenery and verdant hills. A deputation of Bugatti engineers has come here to make sure that the car doesn't lunch itself when faced with sustained high-temperature, high-speed running. Top Gear has joined them for a few days, in an attempt to find out what they actually have to do to make a car with no roof work at 255mph. Imagine.
Bugatti's key guys have spent so long in the engineering equivalent of the Twilight Zone, it's a wonder they can still walk straight. Jens Schulenburg and Christian Weiss are the poor souls entrusted with keeping us in line for the next 48 hours, along with Bugatti's lugubrious and quite brilliant PR man and ‘head of tradition' Julius Kruta. (Julius probably won't mind me revealing his full name: Franz Julius Liberius Sinbad Kruta - "My parents were rather bohemian," he says with a rueful grin.)