Watch How Bugatti Torture Tests Its Engines and Suspension

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

For all our modern brilliance we’re still subject to the whims of nature and the vast expanses that separate us.

That’s why when race car drivers want to improve, as often as not they’ll take to the simulator. But what if you want to test an engine? Then you need a simulator rig such as Bugatti’s.

The rig has been making the rounds today thanks to one James Mills of the Sunday Times, who tweeted footage of it in operation.

According to Mills, the rig is simulating a flat out run of the Nürburgring, ensuring that Bugatti’s 1,500 hp V16 doesn’t fall apart under the gravitational forces of the ring.

On top of being hypnotic, it’s also a reminder of just how simultaneously difficult and sophisticated automotive design is. It would be tempting to test an engine on a static stand, because that’s what it looks like in the car, but in reality the forces of nature are conspiring against designers to starve the engine of fuel, oil, and precious fluids.

SEE ALSO: No Surprise Here: The Bugatti Chiron is Really, Really Fast

Similarly, Bugatti also uses a simulator rig to test the car’s suspension. All in an effort to break down at the factory instead of the Nürburgring, which is large so walking back to the pits takes a long time, especially if your leg is on fire.

As Jalopnik helpfully pointed out this morning, the rig bears a striking resemblance to one Porsche (I wonder if the two companies ever talk) used to test the engine from its 911 around the ‘Ring in 2008.

Not seen this before: @Bugatti engine rig simulates a flat-out run of the @nuerburgring, #chiron #hypercars

— James Mills (@squarejames) March 18, 2017

Here’s how @Bugatti ensured the suspension of the new Chiron is up to the task of managing 1500bhp, @ST_Driving #hypercar #billionaireclub

— James Mills (@squarejames) March 17, 2017

A version of this story originally appeared on VW Vortex

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Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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