Before being commercially produced and delivering the car to customers, the Bugatti brand is currently aiming for the completion and testing phase of the Centodieci car line. As an extremely limited edition, Centodieci still has to undergo rigorous tests such as operating in harsh weather conditions. The car went through an operation test in hot weather and high outdoor temperatures, and recently, Bugatti Centodieci completed an operation test in -20 degrees Celsius.

The Bugatti Centodieci was parked in a cold room and frozen for two days. After tests conducted at room temperature and heat tests up to 50 degrees Celsius in previous tests, Bugatti engineers lowered the temperature of the test chamber below 0 degrees Celsius. The Centodieci has Must operate in an environment with a temperature of -20 degrees Celsius for 12 hours to check and evaluate the quality of every smallest detail.

Bugatti engineers spent a week testing various parts and components of the Centodieci in the climate control room. “Like any other Bugatti, the Centodieci must operate perfectly at all temperatures, be it 50 degrees Celsius or -20 degrees Celsius,” said Carl Heilenkötter, Bugatti Technical Project Manager. Afterwards, we can reproduce all kinds of different tests and accurately compare results across multiple tests. Therefore, heat and cold tests performed in climate chambers are very important to engineers because this is the only way to ensure that Centodieci will operate safely and effectively in all weather situations.

One of the many cold temperature tests conducted involved the operability of the side windows. Window quality inspection is required to comply with all internal standards and legal requirements. Software connected to the side window motor uses predetermined parameters to adjust the required power to ensure seamless operation, while protecting people with the stop/reverse function. If no resistance is determined when the window is operating, the electric door part will not stop or reverse and there is a risk of endangering the user.

Depending on the test criteria, the side windows are raised and lowered numerous times and fitted with a measuring instrument used to determine the force. This system also helps determine friction as well as other factors. “If there are changes in sealing material, window size, the tests must be repeated because the sealing resin behaves differently depending on the setup.

The side windows must meet the durability criteria regardless of temperature and excessive force limits and the part must react sensitively in case of resistance and window inversion,” says Jülf Fiedler. Engineers worked with the Centodieci vehicle in the climate chamber for hours, wearing cold protection suits, hard hats and gloves.

After some testing and tweaking of the software, Carl Heilenkötter and Jülf Fiedler were both satisfied with the results of the test. The window regulator works perfectly even at sub-zero temperatures. Bugatti engineers will carry out more tests on the Centodieci in the coming weeks. In addition to the final high-speed tests, the car will also have to undergo durability testing over a distance of more than 30,000 km.

Manual production will begin soon after all testing has been completed and the development team has completed the car. All 10 cars will be delivered to owners this year after a very long wait.

Bugatti Centodieci is still equipped with Bugatti’s signature 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers, however, this engine block has been upgraded to produce greater capacity. In this special car, the W16 engine block produces 1,574 horsepower, 99 horsepower higher than the Chiron, Chiron Sport and Divo. This power will still be sent to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. With 1,574 horsepower, Bugatti Centodieci is capable of accelerating from 0 – 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, 0 – 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and reaching 300 km/h in just 13.1 seconds. The vehicle’s maximum speed is electronically limited to 380 km/h.

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