When the Bugatti Veyron originally arrived, it drew attention not only for its incredible performance but also for several quirky features that made it stand out from the rest, such as its stunning wheels made exclusively for the Veyron.
The wheel of a Bugatti Veyron is constructed of an aluminium rim, which costs $25,000, plus a 365mm wide Michelin tyre manufactured specifically for the car, which costs an additional $10,000. A whole Veyron wheelset costs $35,000 for the entire new wheel, making it comparable in price to a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.
But what makes these wheels so unique? It’s the same question the Waterjet Channel on YouTube is asking. Take the wheel and smash it, removing a quarter of its circumference to see if there was anything special in it, but listen, there is no clear differentiation between the wheel of any car or supercar, regardless of the inner ring that appears in the video, which allowed the vehicle to move forward even in the event of a puncture.
The question here is, what factors impact these components’ costs? When the car is driven at its top speed, the materials and manufacturing techniques are used to guarantee perfect performance and, most importantly, maximum safety.
Last but not least, remember that the manufacturer advises replacing tyres every five years, regardless of wear. After two tyre replacements, the wheels should be replaced entirely to ensure the rims are in shape for maximum safety.