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Street Legal Glory | World's Luxury Guide #bugatti #veyron #supercar #sportscar #fastestcar #vw via @LuxuryGuide

Right from the beginning, it was clear that the Bugatti Veyron would be primarily a prestige piece, a chance for VW to show off their technical expertise without worrying too much about profits. The first drivable prototype was sent to the test track in August of 2003 – with surprising results. As a result of its unusually round body shape, the Veyron became nearly un-steerable at high speeds. To counteract the problem of the body producing too much lift, engineers developed a hydraulically controlled rear wing that would automatically deploy upon reaching a set speed and press the vehicle against the pavement. This was also the point where the so-called Speed-Key was created – shifting the car from ‘normal mode’ (with a top speed of around 375 km/h) into ‘top speed mode’ that gave it another 30 km/h, shifting the chassis down to around 65-70mm off the asphalt.

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