Assembly in Action: Wave-Stopper Helps Tame Bugatti
March 23, 2007
It should come as no surprise that assembling the engine for the Bugatti Veyron 16.4-the fastest production sports car in the world-poses some unique challenges. Nonetheless, even fans of the legendary Bugatti name, now the property of Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg, Germany), might be daunted by the scope of the problem.
Capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, the the Veyron 16.4’s W-configuration engine boasts a whopping 16 cylinders and 1,000 hp capacity. Top speed for the Veyron 16.4 is more than 250 mph.
To help tame this beast, Bugatti is using state-of-the-art Victor Reinz multilayer steel cylinder-head gaskets from Dana Corp. (Toledo, OH). The gaskets feature what Dana calls its Wave-Stopper sealing technology, which consists of multiple concentric waves stamped from spring steel to form a functional gasket layer.
The distinct elastic and plastic properties of the Wave-Stopper gasket are optimized to maintain high-pressure seals even at the most extreme temperatures and engine forces. Adaptability and the topographic design of the technology allow it to be tailored to seal almost any engine configuration.
Currently, Bugatti is building around 70 Veyron 16.4s per year. The cars retail for around $1 million-head gaskets included.
For more on gasketing technologies, visit www.dana.com.