Bugatti x Tidal Audio Royale speakers

Bugatti and Tidal audio have partnered up to bring ‘the BUGATTI of home audio’. Their first foray into the home audio market is with the Royale range of speakers said to lead the way for luxury in the home audio sector.

Technical avant-garde meets a passion for design, the perfect finish and outstanding results – with the visual promise of the breathtaking performance is how it is described in the press release with multiple comparisons to Bugatti’s road cars.

When ordering the new speakers, there are two main themes: Monocoque and Duotone. A choice between piano finishes or bright color and material combinations. Each loudspeaker pair can be customized with carbon fiber, fabrics, leather, polished stainless steel, dark aluminum or precious metal surfaces.

Each unit houses four subwoofer drivers and a three-way front unit with a midrange-driver and tweeter with diamond diaphragms. The Royale is an active speaker with housing extremely powerful amplifier channels inside. The matching music controller allows to connect to all kinds of sources, including music streaming services and TV and can be controlled with smart devices.

This partnership between the two brands has manifested itself in the ‘Edition Noir’ and ‘Edition Blanc’, each limited to only 15 pairs. As with most Bugatti products, if you have to ask the price you probably weren’t the right customer anyway.

Bugatti Chiron Sport “LES LÉGENDES DU CIEL”

Legends of the sky is a special tribute to a group of racers that were fearless on land as they were in the air. “Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.

The Chiron Sport ‘Les Legendes du Ciel’ is limited to 20 models, referencing many features of the historic aircrafts. In addition to the unusual colour of the paintwork, the vehicle includes a special full leather interior with hand-drawn sketches and diamond cut aluminum.

The paintwork on the car is also pretty exceptional in the fact that it is a modern interpretation of the paint often seen on aircraft in 1920s – matt-grey “Gris Serpent” with a gloss white centre stripe. On either side, tricolour in Blue, White and Red decorates the front of the exposed carbon fibre side sills.

Inside, the light brown leather is reminiscent of natural leather in these aircrafts of days gone by. The natural material is contrasted only by aluminum trims, an aluminum inlay with the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” that can also be found on the headrests as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”. 

This special edition is fitted with standard W16 engine with 1,500hp with a limited top speed of 420kmh. The cost of each unit will set back the owner a cool 2.88 million euros.

Bugatti Bolide with a power to weight ratio of 0.67kg per PS

Now 0.67kg per PS doesn’t mean too much without context. The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 released in 2014 was coined the first megacar with 1kg per PS – 1,360PS for 1,360kg.

Now Bugatti has decided to explore what would happen if they used the 8.0-litre W16 engine in a track-only special which focused on minimal weight and excessive downforce. The answer is the Bolide. 1,850PS, 1,850Nm, 1,240kg dry weight, 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbo which can hypothetically lap the Nordschleife in 5 minutes and 23 seconds according to simulations. How has Bugatti achieved this?

The turbochargers have optimised blades to build more boost pressure and power, the intake and exhaust system have been dethrottled to achieve a more spontaneous and faster response. There is air to air intercooling with water pre-cooling for optimal performance on the race track. The two water coolers are positioned in a such a way that is seen in F1 cars. Getting the car to slow down, the team at Bugatti has fitted the car with racing brakes with ceramic discs.

To bring the weight down, there is a carbon monocoque, all the screw and fastening elements of the Bolide are made completely out of titanium, hollow, thin-walled functional components made of an aerospace titanium alloy are used. This isn’t a Bugatti that we have become accustomed to, a show of opulence and luxury – the Bolide is a bonafide track special. It is the same height as the Type 35 – 995mm, Bugatti’s most successful racing cars ever. Similar to a LMP1 car, the doors swing up, to offer a small aperture for the driver to fold into and the entire vehicle is fitted with safety equipment as per FIA regulations and every LMP1 car needs a compressed-air-driven jack system with four rams making tyre changing easier, a quick refuelling system allows pressure refuelling.

Bugatti Baby II – MUST HAVE

As a child, driving around in an electric car experiencing that freedom in the back garden was peak enjoyment. Some electric toy cars resembled their larger ICE counterparts better than others and this leads me to this.

What had originally started as a one-off present from Ettore Bugatti to his grandson Roland for his fourth birthday, the Bugatti Baby was a hit with Bugatti customers, so much so that 500 were sold between 1927 and 1936.

In 2020, the Little Car Company has taken that concept and ran with it. The Bugatti Baby II is based on the Bugatti Type 35, the most successful racing car of all time, and like the original, it too will be limited to 500 units.

The Baby II is a three-quarters-size replica of the Bugatti Type 35 so it can be driven by both adults and children. It is fitted with a rear-wheel drive electric powertrain powered by three removable lithium ion batteries, a limited slip differential and regenerative braking. It comes in two selectable power modes; 1kW Novice Mode limited to 20km/h and 4kW Expert Mode limited to 45km/h, but much like the modern Bugattis, there is an optional Speed Key that winds the power up to 10kW and removes the speed limiter.

Other elements that make this unique is the plaque displaying a unique chassis number and the famous Macaron badge made of 50g of silver.

Now if you haven’t gathered yet, this isn’t a cheap toy – offered in three models – Base, Vitesse and Pur Sang. The Base is fitted with composite bodywork, standard 1.4kWh battery and standard powertrain and only one choice of colour and interior at a cost of €30,000.

The Vitesse is fitted with the long range 2.8kWh battery and high performance powertrain with the Speed Key included. Bodywork is made of Carbon fibre and can be optioned in 21 exterior colours and eight interior leather colours with an option to upgrade to Bridge of Weir Leather, known for incredibly soft leather in some of the world’s best cars. Prices for Vitesse start at €43,500.

The Pur Sang goes one further, remaining true to the original Type 35 with hand formed aluminium bodywork that takes 200 hours to create. It carries the same powertrain and battery, including the Speed Key of the Vitesse and prices for that start at €58,500. I would shy away from the traditional French Racing Blue and pick Jaune Molsheim (contemporary yellow) with the upgraded Bridge of Weir Leather in Lake Blue.

Jacob & Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+

Bugatti and Jacob & Co announced a partnership sometime last year and from it we have seen some astonishing pieces that celebrate the record breaking marque. There has been the Chiron Tourbillon featuring a miniature W16 engine where the pistons ‘fired’. Now, the brand has revealed its latest creation, the Jacob & Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+.

In honour of the record breaking Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, in which it was piloted to 304 mph by test driver Andy Wallace, the first to break the 300mph barrier. The Jacob & Co watch, inspired by the materials used on the record breaking car as well as the mind-blowing performance of its engine.

Housed in a 88 piece forged carbon fibre case is a complex 832 component calibre with two black titanium triple-axis tourbillon escapements and a decimal minute repeater which in itself is very rare. Much like a minute repeater, this watch chimes the number of 10 minute intervals after the last hours and minutes and due to its patented Double Mechanical Safety feature, it won’t be interrupted during the chiming sequence.

It features a 50-hour power reserve and a mono-pusher chronograph that shows a ‘reference time’ inspired by pit boards at race tracks. Only three of these watches are to be made and each will be priced at $580,000, meaning the 27 other Chiron Super Sport 300+ owners will have to do without.

Geneva 2015: What to expect?

The time of year has come around for all petrol heads. Much like Christmas for a child, the 85th edition of the Geneva Motor show is ten days of motoring goodness. Here are a number of the hotly anticipated cars expected to make an appearance at the show on 5th -15th March.

Abarth:

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Abarth 659 Biposto and a number of updates to the 500 range and new kits and accessories.

Alfa Romeo:

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The Alfa 4C gets the wind in your hair treatment with a Spider version. With its new look, both models get a new voice box in the shape of an Akrapovic exhaust system.

Aston Martin:

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Vulcan is Aston Martin’s new track weapon. Fitted with a hearty 7.0Litre V12 pushing over 800bhp to the rear wheels and limited to 24 examples.  Expect these beasts to be sold out before even catching a glimpse of them in the metal.

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Another racer for Aston, the Vantage GT3 Special Edition, is a road and track car limited to 100 examples, heavily inspired by the marque’s success in Motorsport. The GT3 has clearly been on a diet, losing 100kg over the V12 Vantage S thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre in and around the car.

Audi:

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The supercar which promised to take on the Italians at their own game is back with an update. The R8 gets updated looks, loses some weight (50kg) over its predecessor capable of hitting 62mph in 3.2sec and topping out at 205mph. The V10 engine comes in two guises, standard packing 533bhp and the V10 Plus with 602bhp.

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Making its official appearance to the public is the RS3 Sportback, to be hitting the roads by Summer 2015. Deemed the most powerful five cylinder engine ever produced by Audi RS with 362bhp and 465Nm to play with, it is a good thing it is fitted with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.

BMW:

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BMW have updated a few of its models including the 1-Series and the 6-series but what everyone wants to see is the M4 MotoGP safety car.

Bugatti:

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Veyron La Finale is the very last one to roll off the factory line. Already sold to a lucky chap in the Middle East  this vast array of numbers wasn’t something people were used to when it was first introduced back in 2004. But now, let’s see the successor.

Ferrari:

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Turbocharging has made a comeback to the ‘Cavellino.’ The 488GTB can be said to be the successor to the F40, the last turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari and a replacement to the fantastic 458 Italia. 661bhp and 760Nm are created by the 3.9Litre Turbo V8 able to hit 125mph in 8.3 seconds.

Ford:

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The much-anticipated Focus RS is the 30th incarnation to wear the RS badge. Fitted with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring will help the driver push the 316bhp to its limits. Ken Block, driver of the legendary Gymkhana series was a consultant during the development of the RS.

All-New Ford GT

50 years after Ford’s GT40 took all three spots on the podium at the 1966 24Hours of Le Mans, Ford have revealed the new GT powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5Litre EcoBoost V6 said to give the car the one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Honda:

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Honda are back in F1 with an engine partnership with McLaren F1 and an icon has been reinvented. The NSX is making its rounds 25 years after the original was first premiered. A twin-turbocharged V6 which is a nod back to the original is fitted with a nine-speed DCT box.

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The Civic Type R is getting its debut fitted with a 2.0Litre VTEC Turbo engine allowing drivers to hit a top speed over 160mph. To help drivers deal with the level of speed, the Type R has been fitted with 350mm drilled Brembo brakes up front.

Koenigsegg:

The Swedish company has managed to keep it all very hush-hush in terms of leaks of new cars. A teased sketch of the rear of potentially the Agera RS and supposedly Koenigsegg is bringing another hypercar to Geneva hopefully to take on the three hybrid hypercars from the likes of Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.

Lamborghini:

Again very little has been given away by Lamborghini, spy shots of what looked like an Aventador SV have  been seen across the internet but all details are being kept close to heart before the official reveal however their teaser video promises to reveal the most ‘reactive’ Lamborghini yet.

Land Rover:

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The stunning Land Rover Evoque gets some cosmetic surgery up front (not that it was ugly in the first place) and gains Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Ingenium engines promising up to 68mpg and under 110g/km of CO2.

Lotus:

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£70,000 worth of Lotus will be officially unveiled at Geneva, 16% more powerful, 22kg lighter and 400bhp gives you the new Lotus Evora 400.

McLaren:

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The Longtail is back. The Mclaren 675LT focusses on less weight and more power.It will shoot to 62mph in 2.9secs. McLaren will make five ‘Hero’ specification Longtails  which consist of never offered colours Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey. The McLaren Orange completes the set.

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Some individuals don’t in the saying that enough is enough. A few of those people clearly work at McLaren as they have taken the insanely quick P1 and upped the power to make the P1GTR. 986bhp, 50kg lighter, wider and lower than the standard P1 and some serious spoilers creating 10% more downforce are all the ingredients to make this GTR.

Mercedes:

Three noteworthy models are being launched by Mercedes. We have reworks of two classics and a GT3 racer.

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Maybach is back as a sub-brand and the first model is the remake of the classic S600 Pullman, 50 years on. At a length of 6.5 metres expect to have a driver to wait with the car as prices start around €500,000 for the unarmored version. I doubt it will be a slouch if it needs to get out of any hairy situations as it is fitted with a V12 biturbo with 830Nm available from as low as 1900RPM.

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If off-roading is more your thing, the G-wagen is the one for you. Elements of the 6×6 have been fitted to the G to create the G500 4×4 squared.  New powerful engines, wider track and higher ground clearance (450mm) promises to tackle nearly any environment you throw at it.

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The GT3 race series is about to get a little more interesting, Mercedes are to launch the AMG GT3 race car. Even though the road car is fitted with a 4.4 biturbo V8, the GT3 will use a fettled example of the naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 from the SLS AMG GT.

Porsche:

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A manual hardcore Cayman is coming. The Cayman GT4 is built with components from the 911 GT3, perfect for racing and with an engine derived from the 911 Carrera S, it is good for 380bhp helping position it as a benchmark.

The second model is a secret but quoted ‘is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack.’ Could it be the 911 GT3 RS?

Vauxhall:

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A hot hatch that is set to attack Ford’s Fiesta ST sales. The Vauxhall Corsa VXR   is fitted with a 1.6Litre turbo charged petrol engine pumping out 202bhp and up to 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. The VXR averages 245Nm from revs as low as 1,900rpm, which is a significant change from the outgoing car.