Birdman's (Baby) Got A New Toy

Aug 18, 2010

These cheap camera phone photos kill me. Derick G should have taken the photos.

No stranger to exotic cars, Bryan "Birdman" Williams has a new Baby, a fire-engine red Bugatti Veyron. Now of course around the web, people can't get the MSRP down correctly and there's figures being tossed around of the total being $2.1 million to $2.6 million.

Judging by the photos and the price, Baby purchased the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ($2.5 million), which is more expensive than the standard one- which is priced at $1.7 million. After meeting Baby several times (he's a sweet person, by the way, at least to me), I'm positive that he went for the faster, more expensive one. Who am I to judge? It's his money, and he's one of the few who can afford it. Investing in oil can change your money in a heartbeat.

Anyway, let's talk about the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, shall we?

Had to borrow from, and that's where the remaining of the photos come from.

The Super Sport version is the fastest production car in the world, with an average top speed of 268 mph, with 8.0 litre W16, 64v DOHC quad-turbocharged petrol engine and over 1,000 horsepower.

It can go from 0–62.1 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0–99.4 mph in 4.5 seconds, 0–149.1 mph in 9.8 seconds, 0–186.4 mph in 16.7 seconds, and 0–248.5 mph in 50 seconds. Talk about fast...

If you own this car, you do not need to worry about what the MPG is. In fact, you probably have your own personal gas station on the grounds of your estate. But if you really want to know, if you run it over the 150 mph mark, you'll only get 3.6 mpg...

This is one heavy car. It weighs about 4,500 lb.

Overall length is 175.7 in, width is 78.7 in and height 47.4 in. The car's wheelbase is 106.7 in.

This isn't your typical car because it has a grand total of 10 radiators:
4 radiators for the engine cooling system, 1 heat exchanger for the air-to-liquid intercoolers, 2 for the air conditioning system, 1 transmission oil radiator, 1 differential oil radiator, and 1 engine oil radiator.

The Veyron can be driven in either semi- or fully-automatic mode. A replacement transmission for the Veyron costs just over $120,000 (which is a used Bentley Continental GT).

It uses special Michelin PAX run flat tyres, designed specifically to accommodate the Veyron's top speed, which reportedly cost $25,000 (A Brand New Dodge Charger) per set.

Now, here's the most interesting part about this Veyron. To paraphrase from wikipedia,

"The car's everyday top speed is listed at 220 mph. When the car reaches 140 mph, hydraulics lower the car until it has a ground clearance of about 3.5 in. At the same time, the wing and spoiler deploy. This is the "handling mode", in which the wing helps provide 3,425 newtons of downforce, holding the car to the road. The driver must, using a special key (the "Top Speed Key"), toggle the lock to the left of his seat in order to attain the maximum (average) speed. The key functions only when the vehicle is at a stop, when a checklist then establishes whether the car and its driver are ready to enable 'top speed' mode. If all systems are go, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers shut and the ground clearance, normally 4.9 in, drops to 2.6 in."

That sounds like something straight out of Top Gun and I'm sure that's what swayed Baby to make the purchase. That and Lil' Wayne owns a silver one. Anyway, let's watch the video that Derick G shot:


P.S. This car makes my dream Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible look like a pinto. And I need to travel to Miami to get some REAL photos of Baby and his Bugatti cause the photos I saw are not it.

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