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  • You may have heard of the Guild of Automotive Restorers from the Velocity Channel's Restoration Garage. Now the Guild has branched out with their own YouTube channel, "The Guild's Classics," to give viewers a closer look at how they do their work than a TV show can provide.The first episode answers the one question the Guild has been asked most: How did they create the magnesium body of the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe? Even today, magnesium is an exotic metal rarely used in cars. When it is used, it's extremely expensive. For example, the Lamborghini Countach's wheels cost $2,000 each. New production techniques may change that, but to create an entire body out of magnesium would still be unheard of today. It wasn't exactly common in 1935, either, but Guild president David Grainger believes that Bugatti employed master craftsmen to do exactly that.Magnesium can't be formed the same way as more traditional metals due to its unique properties. It weighs two-thir..

    Watch How the Guild of Automotive Restorers Built the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe’s Magnesium Body

    You may have heard of the Guild of Automotive Restorers from the Velocity Channel's Restoration Garage. Now the Guild has branched out with their own YouTube channel, "The Guild's Classics," to give viewers a closer look at how they do their work than a TV show can provide.The first episode answers the one question the Guild has been asked most: How did they create the magnesium body of the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe? Even today, magnesium is an exotic metal rarely used in cars. When it is used, it's extremely expensive. For example, the Lamborghini Countach's wheels cost $2,000 each. New production techniques may change that, but to create an entire body out of magnesium would still be unheard of today. It wasn't exactly common in 1935, either, but Guild president David Grainger believes that Bugatti employed master craftsmen to do exactly that.Magnesium can't be formed the same way as more traditional metals due to its unique properties. It weighs two-thir..
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  • Related Stories Frankfurt's best and wurst FRANKFURT — Supercar maker Bugatti — the crown jewel in the Volkswagen Group portfolio — is considering building a four-door model set to go on sale around 2024. The currently unnamed car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off; that model was introduced as a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt show but was axed during development of the current two-door Chiron. "The four-door car is not dead," Wolfgang Durheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles, told Automotive News on the sidelines of the Frankfurt auto show, adding that Volkswagen Group will make a final decision on the car at the end of 2018. Bugatti's only current model — the 1,500-hp Chiron — will have an eight-year lifespan vs. the 12-year run of the earlier Veyron, putting its replacement on a 2024 or 2025 timetable. Rather than adding a second model, which would share too much of the initial mo..

    Bugatti’s single model could be a four-door

    Related Stories Frankfurt's best and wurst FRANKFURT — Supercar maker Bugatti — the crown jewel in the Volkswagen Group portfolio — is considering building a four-door model set to go on sale around 2024. The currently unnamed car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off; that model was introduced as a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt show but was axed during development of the current two-door Chiron. "The four-door car is not dead," Wolfgang Durheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles, told Automotive News on the sidelines of the Frankfurt auto show, adding that Volkswagen Group will make a final decision on the car at the end of 2018. Bugatti's only current model — the 1,500-hp Chiron — will have an eight-year lifespan vs. the 12-year run of the earlier Veyron, putting its replacement on a 2024 or 2025 timetable. Rather than adding a second model, which would share too much of the initial mo..
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  • Volkswagen AG announced that Audi Sport's CEO Stephan Winkelmann will be making the move to Bugatti at the end of 2017. There, he will take over as president of the company and replace 59-year-old Wolfgang Dürheimer, the man who brought us the world-beating Chiron. His spot at Audi Sport will be filled by head of Audi's China sales division, Michael-Julius Renz. Winkelmann, who headed Lamborghini from 2005 to 2016, pushed the Sant'Agata marque to major success during those 11 years. Capitalizing on the success of the Gallardo, he piloted the Huracán, which has easily become the best selling model in company history. Winkelmann also instituted big changes at Audi Sport in his short stint with the brand, including a name change from Quattro GmbH that was made under his oversight. Additionally, the newly released R8 Spyder and RS5 models were developed and introduced during his tenure.While Dürheimer has given up his spot with Bugatti, he will remain chairman at Bentley f..

    Audi Sport Boss Stephan Winkelmann Splits for Top Spot at Bugatti

    Volkswagen AG announced that Audi Sport's CEO Stephan Winkelmann will be making the move to Bugatti at the end of 2017. There, he will take over as president of the company and replace 59-year-old Wolfgang Dürheimer, the man who brought us the world-beating Chiron. His spot at Audi Sport will be filled by head of Audi's China sales division, Michael-Julius Renz. Winkelmann, who headed Lamborghini from 2005 to 2016, pushed the Sant'Agata marque to major success during those 11 years. Capitalizing on the success of the Gallardo, he piloted the Huracán, which has easily become the best selling model in company history. Winkelmann also instituted big changes at Audi Sport in his short stint with the brand, including a name change from Quattro GmbH that was made under his oversight. Additionally, the newly released R8 Spyder and RS5 models were developed and introduced during his tenure.While Dürheimer has given up his spot with Bugatti, he will remain chairman at Bentley f..
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  • Collecting model cars might not be as high-profile as collecting real ones, but it's a hobby enthusiasts can start far before they even learn to drive. It's one that gearheads carry well into adulthood, from finding the perfect Hot Wheels to complement a garage bookshelf to buying a miniature version of your show car to display on your dash at Cars & Coffee. It helps that models can be purchased at a fraction of the price of a real car, but some bespoke model-building companies are making model vehicles that far exceed allowance money, and can cost as much as a modern econobox.So while the Amalgam Collection Bugatti Vitesse is indeed a fraction of the price of the real thing, given, the real-world vehicles million-dollar-plus price tag, the toy car still costs a cool $15,000. According to VWVortex, the custom model car-builders have a $10,160 Chiron available, as well, but this 1:8-scale model is much rarer. This one-of-two replica of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is ..

    This Amalgam Bugatti Veyron Model Car Costs $15,000

    Collecting model cars might not be as high-profile as collecting real ones, but it's a hobby enthusiasts can start far before they even learn to drive. It's one that gearheads carry well into adulthood, from finding the perfect Hot Wheels to complement a garage bookshelf to buying a miniature version of your show car to display on your dash at Cars & Coffee. It helps that models can be purchased at a fraction of the price of a real car, but some bespoke model-building companies are making model vehicles that far exceed allowance money, and can cost as much as a modern econobox.So while the Amalgam Collection Bugatti Vitesse is indeed a fraction of the price of the real thing, given, the real-world vehicles million-dollar-plus price tag, the toy car still costs a cool $15,000. According to VWVortex, the custom model car-builders have a $10,160 Chiron available, as well, but this 1:8-scale model is much rarer. This one-of-two replica of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is ..
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  • Pebble Beach is full of affluence, automotive enthusiasts and extremely rare pieces of automotive history. It is the perfect setting for the delivery of the first Bugatti Chiron in the U.S. This past weekend a bright yellow and black Bugatti Chiron was delivered to one lucky owner to the tune of $2.998 million. This rolling piece of art is powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine making 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. The power is diverted to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The deadly combo allows the Chiron to hit 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds and it can achieve a top speed of 261 mph. Unfortunately, that translates to 9 mpg city and 14 mpg highway. However, if you own a three million dollar car, we doubt you care about fuel costs.The front of the Bugatti Chiron sports a vibrant yellow paint scheme that travels along the side of the Chiron until it is met with a contrasting "classique" black. The two-tone paint scheme is unique to the..

    First Bugatti Chiron in the US Delivered to Owner at Pebble Beach

    Pebble Beach is full of affluence, automotive enthusiasts and extremely rare pieces of automotive history. It is the perfect setting for the delivery of the first Bugatti Chiron in the U.S. This past weekend a bright yellow and black Bugatti Chiron was delivered to one lucky owner to the tune of $2.998 million. This rolling piece of art is powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine making 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. The power is diverted to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The deadly combo allows the Chiron to hit 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds and it can achieve a top speed of 261 mph. Unfortunately, that translates to 9 mpg city and 14 mpg highway. However, if you own a three million dollar car, we doubt you care about fuel costs.The front of the Bugatti Chiron sports a vibrant yellow paint scheme that travels along the side of the Chiron until it is met with a contrasting "classique" black. The two-tone paint scheme is unique to the..
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  • The Bugatti Chiron is the latest high-speed hyper car from France, complete with a ridiculous price tag and even more ridiculous performance numbers. If you've been living under a rock for the past year, here's the deal: a check for about $3 million will get you 1 of 500 Chirons with 1,500 horsepower and the ability to hit 260 miles per hour at the flex of a toe. With the first purchased Chiron in America being put on display at Monterey next week, we're now getting a look at its first arrival here in the States.The owner of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Hellbug" took delivery of his Chiron on Wednesday, and super car spotter James a.k.a. TheStradman was there to see it. Famous for his Lamborghini Centenarioe video, James was clearly excited to witness the first customer Chiron in the states, even if the actual owner couldn't be there to see it. In the video, we'r treated to the delicate process of unloading and unwrapping the car and even hearing th..

    Unwrapping the First Customer Bugatti Chiron in the U.S.

    The Bugatti Chiron is the latest high-speed hyper car from France, complete with a ridiculous price tag and even more ridiculous performance numbers. If you've been living under a rock for the past year, here's the deal: a check for about $3 million will get you 1 of 500 Chirons with 1,500 horsepower and the ability to hit 260 miles per hour at the flex of a toe. With the first purchased Chiron in America being put on display at Monterey next week, we're now getting a look at its first arrival here in the States.The owner of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Hellbug" took delivery of his Chiron on Wednesday, and super car spotter James a.k.a. TheStradman was there to see it. Famous for his Lamborghini Centenarioe video, James was clearly excited to witness the first customer Chiron in the states, even if the actual owner couldn't be there to see it. In the video, we'r treated to the delicate process of unloading and unwrapping the car and even hearing th..
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  • McLaren made it clear when the 720S was released--this thing is $@#%$#% fast. It's got 710 brake horsepower and weighs next to nothing thanks to the Woking automaker's Carbon Fiber Monocage II construction, resulting in a blistering 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 212 MPH. While all of that is good and well, you'd expect a car with about 300 more horsepower to spank it in a roll-race. But as you can see when the Macca took on this Heffner-tuned, 1,000 horsepower Ford GT, that just isn't the case.When things kick off with the rev battle, it's hard to tell who might come out on top. While the forged-in-iron American V-8 sounds radical with its set of snails mounted midship, the McLaren's 4.0L has the type of rumble that lets you know it's up to something.In the first of two races, the McLaren takes off after the initial shift. Even though it's at a major disadvantage as far as power goes, the 720S' sub-3,200 pound curb weight is ..

    Watch This McLaren 720S Walk a 1,000 HP Heffner-Tuned Ford GT From a Roll

    McLaren made it clear when the 720S was released--this thing is $@#%$#% fast. It's got 710 brake horsepower and weighs next to nothing thanks to the Woking automaker's Carbon Fiber Monocage II construction, resulting in a blistering 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 212 MPH. While all of that is good and well, you'd expect a car with about 300 more horsepower to spank it in a roll-race. But as you can see when the Macca took on this Heffner-tuned, 1,000 horsepower Ford GT, that just isn't the case.When things kick off with the rev battle, it's hard to tell who might come out on top. While the forged-in-iron American V-8 sounds radical with its set of snails mounted midship, the McLaren's 4.0L has the type of rumble that lets you know it's up to something.In the first of two races, the McLaren takes off after the initial shift. Even though it's at a major disadvantage as far as power goes, the 720S' sub-3,200 pound curb weight is ..
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  • McLaren made it clear when the 720S was released--this thing is $@#%$#% fast. It's got 710 brake horsepower and weighs next to nothing thanks to the Woking automaker's Carbon Fiber Monocage II construction, resulting in a blistering 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 212 MPH. While all of that is good and well, you'd expect a car with about 300 more horsepower to spank it in a roll-race. But as you can see when the Macca took on this Heffner-tuned, 1,000 horsepower Ford GT, that just isn't the case.When things kick off with the rev battle, it's hard to tell who might come out on top. While the forged-in-iron American V-8 sounds radical with its set of snails mounted midship, the McLaren's 4.0L has the type of rumble that lets you know it's up to something.In the first of two races, the McLaren takes off after the initial shift. Even though it's at a major disadvantage as far as power goes, the 720S' sub-3,200 pound curb weight is ..

    Watch This McLaren 720S Walk a 1,000 HP Heffner-Tuned Ford GT From a Dig

    McLaren made it clear when the 720S was released--this thing is $@#%$#% fast. It's got 710 brake horsepower and weighs next to nothing thanks to the Woking automaker's Carbon Fiber Monocage II construction, resulting in a blistering 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 212 MPH. While all of that is good and well, you'd expect a car with about 300 more horsepower to spank it in a roll-race. But as you can see when the Macca took on this Heffner-tuned, 1,000 horsepower Ford GT, that just isn't the case.When things kick off with the rev battle, it's hard to tell who might come out on top. While the forged-in-iron American V-8 sounds radical with its set of snails mounted midship, the McLaren's 4.0L has the type of rumble that lets you know it's up to something.In the first of two races, the McLaren takes off after the initial shift. Even though it's at a major disadvantage as far as power goes, the 720S' sub-3,200 pound curb weight is ..
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  • BERLIN -- Bentley Motors CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is planning to step down and will be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at British rival Jaguar Land Rover, Germany's Manager Magazin reported Friday. The departure of Duerheimer, a former top manager at Audi and Porsche, Volkswagen's premium car divisions, is one of a number of management changes planned at the British luxury brand, according to the magazine. Duerheimer has been chairman and CEO of Bentley since June 1, 2014. Officials at VW's Wolfsburg-based headquarters and Bentley declined to comment. Duerheimer, who was also CEO of Bugatti, part of the VW stable and the maker of the world's fastest production car, has expressed a desire to quit his posts to VW's top management, the monthly publication said.

    Bentley CEO to step down, report says

    BERLIN -- Bentley Motors CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is planning to step down and will be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at British rival Jaguar Land Rover, Germany's Manager Magazin reported Friday. The departure of Duerheimer, a former top manager at Audi and Porsche, Volkswagen's premium car divisions, is one of a number of management changes planned at the British luxury brand, according to the magazine. Duerheimer has been chairman and CEO of Bentley since June 1, 2014. Officials at VW's Wolfsburg-based headquarters and Bentley declined to comment. Duerheimer, who was also CEO of Bugatti, part of the VW stable and the maker of the world's fastest production car, has expressed a desire to quit his posts to VW's top management, the monthly publication said.
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  • It was 10 p.m. on a Thursday when my headlights finally flicked across the sign, "Monterey City Limit," shortly followed by another reading, "Legends of the Autobahn" with an arrow. I was about ten minutes away from my lodging, winding along a sleepy path hugging Laguna Seca now shrouded in fog. Through the mist, the faint glow of approaching headlights broke through. Then the sound; it sounded angry, and Italian. Despite the darkness, my eyes easily adjusted to the familiar shape as it charged past me; a sleek Lamborghini Diablo. I immediately felt right at home.Friday, 9 am: Legends of the AutobahnAs a classic BMW lover, this event was my own personal little slice of heaven; meticulously maintained, rare metal sprawled out across the sweeping grounds of the Nicklaus Club as far as the eye could see. There was a 2002 to suit everyone's taste, E3s in every flavor, and more 6 series sharknosed beauties than swarming the waters of Long Beach. However, amidst all the German engineer..

    Viewing Monterey Car Week Through the Eyes of a First Timer

    It was 10 p.m. on a Thursday when my headlights finally flicked across the sign, "Monterey City Limit," shortly followed by another reading, "Legends of the Autobahn" with an arrow. I was about ten minutes away from my lodging, winding along a sleepy path hugging Laguna Seca now shrouded in fog. Through the mist, the faint glow of approaching headlights broke through. Then the sound; it sounded angry, and Italian. Despite the darkness, my eyes easily adjusted to the familiar shape as it charged past me; a sleek Lamborghini Diablo. I immediately felt right at home.Friday, 9 am: Legends of the AutobahnAs a classic BMW lover, this event was my own personal little slice of heaven; meticulously maintained, rare metal sprawled out across the sweeping grounds of the Nicklaus Club as far as the eye could see. There was a 2002 to suit everyone's taste, E3s in every flavor, and more 6 series sharknosed beauties than swarming the waters of Long Beach. However, amidst all the German engineer..
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