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
Given that the Veyron was and remains VW group overlord Dr Ferdinand Piëch's pet project, the whole enterprise still ticks over with a frontier spirit and lustrous sheen (though not the car itself, as we'll soon discover. It's the hardest-working Bugatti in the world). I even find out the German for ‘empirical' - ‘empirische'. Given that the only German phrase I can usually remember is ‘Mein Spiegelei ist nicht hier' (‘my fried egg isn't here'), this promises to be a highly educational few days.
The next morning we decamp to VW's enormous test facility, on the outskirts of the seaside town of Port Elizabeth. The town itself is a slightly bewildering mix of relatively well-heeled neighbourhoods and poorer areas, even more cheek by jowl than you'd find in some British towns and cities. There's big surf out here, the beach is stunning, and there's a parade of posh condos and hotels fringing it.