With the partnership between Bugatti Königliche Porzellan-manufaturer Berlin (KPM), the famous manufacturer focuses on the ability to create pieces of art car. The "white gold" celebrates its world premiere with an exclusive unveiling ceremony on June 30, 2011 Workshops KPM in Berlin. This unique version of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is the first car ever to wear the finest porcelain in his body and in his cabin. Impresses with an exterior design abstraction.
Safety officer nods, opens the door. In the midst of a clean white walls, bright spotlights illuminating the Bugatti Grand Sport, which is located in the middle of a spacious room. We entered the hidden world of Bugatti Design Studio. Team around the design of the Bugatti Director Achim Anscheidt atmosphere is calm and focused as they walk to their ultimate object of desire. Several times they stop, take a step to the left and right, bend down, and again, looking intently at Grand Sports from different angles. They analyzed the reflections of the car body before you step back a moment to get a general impression of their work. Thin blue lines of a stream of bright white exterior fastest convertible in the world. It seems to visit the studio of American artist pop art.
If the line does not fully conform to the intent of the designers, put a strip of correction above the line of origin. This process is repeated until the last line has the correct tension and character. The steps of style, the team is in the car at a distance to assess the relationship between the bands in the blanks. It is also the best way to ensure that the flow lines from one side of the body through the ceiling and back toward the opposite side. Even the smallest imperfection careful review, since the ultimate goal is to achieve unparalleled perfection. Finally, the lines extending through the Bugatti perfect form as a network of light reflections. For several weeks, the design team to develop the final composition of the dynamic shifts and delicate lines that run in the artwork as serpentine neck automotive Stelvio in Italy.
"The" white gold "is a testament to the skill of the craftsmen for both brands. The particular structure of the lines is not simply reflect the hand painting on porcelain developed, but also the modeling process in automotive design," said Achim Anscheidt.
In the next step, dedicated specialists for further painting Bugatti's masterpiece. For three weeks, every millimeter of the selected line are filled by hand with the characteristic blue color. In addition, the body gets five coats of clear lacquer. A strong diversity gradient of two colors is generated because the team used a combination of bands of different widths. While the blue lines dominate the white space at the bottom of the convertible, the inverse relationship of colors on its way to the roof so that the intense white seems even stronger. Twelve articles made from fine porcelain factory, based in Berlin, fill in the aesthetic approach of this particular sport Great.
Let's change the location and visit the workshops of the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur in the heart of Berlin. Following a tradition of almost 250 years, this place more than 170 craftsmen and specialists to produce precious objects as an expression of porcelain art today. Plaster molds by hand is necessary to develop unique porcelain items that appear on the exterior and interior of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport "white gold", and with considerable attention to detail, each mold is created and optimized in a research process lasting several weeks and development department. The team must perform a series of tests dedicated to the raw materials to test the impact of the natural contraction of almost 16 percent during cooking and drying. Finally, the items are perfectly suited Bugatti porcelain components.
"Porcelain is one of the strongest materials, but the vote is significantly dependent on the quality of excellence in the manufacturing process. We had to ensure that tags are perfect for the fuel cap is a challenge for us to calculate only the withdrawal of the porcelain ", says Thomas Wenzel, Director of Design of the KPM.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, "The OR Blanc" is the world's first car should be equipped with porcelain, and the development team has invested a lot of effort to ensure that each article will be able to perform all driving situations, the most efficient vehicle on the market. Prior to their application in the car, the porcelain panels have been extensively studied in the field of automotive safety and quality, to optimize the protection of passengers in the event of an accident.
As part of the exterior design is used for inlays badges center wheel, the tank cover and oil filler cap and signature "EB" badge on the back. Their brilliant white surface merges with the bright, glossy paint suggest that the car would be covered with a thin layer of porcelain, too.
"Initially, it seems to be an unusual idea to use the porcelain in the car, especially in the fastest convertible in the world," said Dr. Stefan Brungs, Sales and Marketing, Bugatti Automobiles. "But this is what the Bugatti means the realization of great ideas, but his best quality and aesthetics This gives us the opportunity to continue the legacy of Ettore Bugatti, who loved to experiment with new materials.".
In addition to the signed porcelain inlays on the sides of the center console, a mosaic of fine porcelain is attached to the back between the seats. As with the exterior elements of porcelain this is the relief of the famous elephant in a standing position, which was created by sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti. His brother Ettore had used in the original project to build the mascot for the radiator Bugatti Royale. This elephant is synonymous with the brand today. Located at the top of the center console, there is a fine porcelain plate, with edges finished in a polished diamond exclusive - a technique that was applied by the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin for the first time. The dish can be removed and valuable part of a picnic set has been designed exclusively by KPM Bugatti cars.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport "white gold", presented in Berlin, is a unique creation. However, the partnership should be continued, and the designers of Bugatti made a lot of inspiration in the paintings of porcelain provide a wide range of new possibilities for design. The price of the Bugatti The White Gold of 1.65 million.