The $9.6 Million Bugatti Centodieci Is One Step Closer to Production

The most expensive Bugatti of all time has reached its final stages before production begins.

The French automaker has planned on producing 10 units of this hypercar and they recently announced that the $9.6 million Centodieci has completed the hot-weather testing. In addition to the wind tunnel testing and track test at the Nurburgring, the prototype was tested in the extremely hot deserts of California and Arizona under 113 degrees Fahrenheit to make sure the hypercar could withstand heat.

The 500-mile trek to an altitude of 9,186 feet was the perfect testbed, according to Bugatti vehicle development engineer Stefan Schmidt. “Testing in the hot, dry desert is a huge help for us in the development process. All Bugatti models have to function perfectly no matter how high the temperature, including the limited edition Centodieci. Even if we are only creating 10 cars, as with the Centodieci, the testing procedure is just as grueling. Every model has to run flawlessly in all weather and in all traffic conditions.”

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Bugatti announced the Centodieci in the summer of 2019 to celebrate the company’s history of 110 years, and a specific homage to the EB110. In fact, Centodieci means 110 in english. The EB110 was one of the most iconic supercars during the 1990s and it was produced during the time Romano Artioli was in charge of the brand before being acquired by the VW Group in 1998.

The Bugatti Centodieci makes use of several features of the Chiron and borrows some design bits from the EB100 such as a more angular shape, a small horseshoe-shaped grille, and five round air intakes position just behind its side windows. It’s powered by the 8.0 W-16 engine that can be seen under the glass and is able to produce 1,600 hp that enables the hypercar to launched from 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds.

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Speaking about the test, it’s more than just checking boxes. The cars are fitted with more than 200 sensors to retrieve data relating to the car’s electrics, telemetrics, radio frequencies, air conditioning, and fueling processes. The factory sent a convoy of 8 Bugattis which include three Chiron Pur Sports and four Chiron Super Sports, and the Centodieci along with 27 Engineers to use this opportunity to discover new ways to improve the vehicle’s design and technical aspects. However, the Centodieci easily passed the hot weather testing with some small tweaks such as the addition of an air intake near the oil cooler to keep the temperatures down.

Now that a major portion of the testing is done and dusted, all that’s left between the Centodieci and your driveway is 1860,000 miles of high-speed endurance testing which will be done in Europe. After that, the engineers will sign it off for production, which will be done at the marque’s atelier in Molshiem, France in 2022.

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