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Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection - The Story of the Greatest Car in the World [Paperback]

Martin Roach
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29 Sep 2011
The Bugatti Veyron's statistics are mind-boggling: 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds; a top speed of 253 mph; tyres that cost GBP20,000 a set and an engine with ten radiators and four turbos; a launch control system taken from F1 and even windscreen wipers that create sizeable downforce ...all delivered complete with a high-end stereo system, luxurious leather seats and air-conditioning. It was a feat of engineering grandiosity that, in automotive terms, rivals the achievements of the great 19th Century industrialists. In "A Quest for Perfection", no. 1 bestselling author Martin Roach sets out to track down the mythical beast that is a Bugatti Veyron - and ultimately attempts to drive one. He traces the genesis of this remarkable machine through Bugatti's long and glorious early days and then through its more turbulent modern era. Travelling to the top secret Bugatti Research & Development workshop in Germany, touring the factory and chateau in France where these stunning cars are hand-built, interviewing famous engineers, super-rich owners and automotive presidents, as well as a host of other expert eye-witnesses to this unique car's many achievements, Roach ponders this mechanical whirlwind and in so doing has written a page-turning study of a modern masterpiece. "Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection" discovers and unravels the enigma that is this remarkable car. Part-history, part-personal obsession, part-travelogue, part-humorous quest, altogether a book that will appeal to both fans of cars, and serious petrol-heads, "Top Gear" viewers as well as anyone who has ever raised an eyebrow as a shiny piece of metal on four wheels drives past in the street. For the first time, Bugatti has allowed access to the Veyron's Chief Engineer, designers, test drivers, archivists, the Bugatti factory, photographers and the President of Bugatti himself.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781848093669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848093669
  • ASIN: 1848093667
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,440,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime." --Jeremy Clarkson, "Top Gear"

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In 2005, Bugatti launched a car that has single-handedly redefined the notion of a 'supercar'. It was called the Veyron, was reputed to cost £5 million to build and yet only one million euros to buy. It quickly became the most talked about and indeed coveted car of all time. Written with the full co-operation of Bugatti. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A congratulation to the author 23 Oct 2011
A very unique perspective, almost story of this amazing car - cleverly put together makes it an interesting, whitty and informative read to 'petrol heads' and 'non petrol heads' alike.
I found the book very difficult to put down, however was easy to pick up where I left off time and time again. Between reads I even found my wife having a little sneaky read who has as much interest in cars as a rabbit does in a wilted lettuce! often scaring me by shooting facts such as double clutches and bhp!
An awsome cover photo along with many interesting pictures throughout complimented the dialog giving this the worlds greatest car every bit of awe it deserves.
How clever to write about the Veyron in this way, a far comparison from the normal motoring 'bod' report style.
For an author that has had a life of 'people' books I congratulate him on this very different view....well done!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, technical and amusing - job done! 7 Oct 2011
Quite simply I love the Veyron, always have done - it's a piece of art more than anything and I fear this book may be the closest I'll ever get to owning anything baring the desirable Bugatti logo.

That aside, it's nice to see my passion is shared by others as well. The book is great as it delivers the authors personal feelings without becoming self-indulgent. The fact so many interviews are included with people crucial to the Veyrons creation is fantastic. The balance between the authors take on things and the concrete technical info provided by people like the chief engineer really shows the depth of the content. Not to mention it's also pretty damn funny and for those with limited attention spans like myself, the wealth of photos are great and only enhance this quick and easy read.

Well done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply - Brilliant! 16 Oct 2011
I was bought this book for my birthday and I could not put it down. I am what you would call a 'petrol head' -I love my cars (have done since I was about 8) but this book takes it beyond the normal run of the mill statistic led publications. It was incredibly inspirational following the author's journey. The insight into how such a fabulous car is created, marketed and manufactured has been written with a true warmth and obvious long term interest. That Martin Roach is a lucky lucky man. Buy it for all your petrol heads NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the price 12 Dec 2011
By Dog
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This is a great book about the fantastic veyron. Don't expect the simply amazing "driving ambition" (about the mclaren F1) but for the price this book give some nice photos and lots of information about the development of this car. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift 18 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was bought as a gift for a 'car mad' lad. So it was an instant hit. Also a good looking book to have a round and dip in and out of for years to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not a detailed development history 4 Dec 2012
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I am a little sorry to spoil this book's fun of five stars but I must confess that I was a little disappointed after reading it. The book is lacking in any real in depth coverage of VWs development of this awesome car and is pretty thin on technical development. I suppose I should have investigated the book more online before buying but I can't really complain at £12! However the author is not a motoring journalist of car expert. He is a celebrity ghostwriter (Westlife etc) and he is more obsessed with the "bling" and "celebrity" factor of the car than the towering technical achievements of the car. Details of the engine, gearbox and features of the car are reeled off as quoted from the sales brochure with no real analysis and a lot of the book covers the guy trying to blag a test drive in the car.

I am not slating the author for this as obviously his brief was to write a mainstream book that will appeal to the general car enthusiast/Top Gear viewer hence the generally "tabloid" style of the writing. It is no technical bible such as Paul Frere's book on the Porsche 911 nor as other reviews have said in any way like "Driving Passion" the development history of the McLaren F1, although that last book costs £150. By all means if you just want to dream about owning one of these cars and fancy and enjoyable light read then go ahead and buy it but if you are an anaorak/geek like me who wants all the nuts and bolts etc you will not find it here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 7 May 2012
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I enjoyed this book. I wasn't looking for it, so Amazon's "you may like this" worked for me. It was cheap and the reviews were good.

For its price it is very good. I liked the short chapters on trying to arrange a drive. Did he get one? I won't spoil it; buy it and find out. Either way the author ends up happy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality looking book
Eye catching cover, well presented book. Car mad 7 year old grandson loves to dip in and out of it, probably a fuller read for him when he's a little bit older.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs J
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present for grandson
Upon opening present said grandson was absolutely delighted and went through it picture be picture Just the reaction I wanted Absolutely delighted.
Grandma and Grandad
Published 10 months ago by susan langdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
A very big Bugatti fan, was really happy with the purchase, definitely would recommend this to family and friends, .
Published 12 months ago by Ibz Khan
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty book.
Good book with nice photographic work for the modern Volkswagen Bugatti adepts.
For really Bugatti fans it's ok to have
Published 20 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars bugatti veyron
Very informative tells you all you need to know.Very well put together a book to have on a very special car.
Published 21 months ago by john.r.ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book
An excellent book, full of fascinating information and photos, my husband and 8 year old Bugatti Veyron mad son love it, my husband wrote to Martin Roach to have the cover signed,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mrs Angela J Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars I want one!
This read is a journey through the in and outs of a dream. The Author takes you on a ride of what it takes to meet someone or something that people dream of. Read more
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