November 8, 2006
Bugatti Veyron named “Grand Award” by Popular Science
New York, New York – The Bugatti Veyron has been given the “Grand Award” in Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New 2006” honours, topping twelve other innovations in the automotive category.
The editors said the “Bugatti Veyron 16.4 cannot be fairly compared with other cars, because none, including Formula One racers, can match its specs: 1,001 horsepower, 253 mph, 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.”
The other winners were the Volkswagen Eos, for its retractable hardtop with separate sunroof; the Honda Fit, “a tiny car stuffed with tech”; the Audi R10 TDI diesel racer; Goodyear Eagle Responsedge tire with carbon-fibre sidewall and inner Kevlar layer; the Mercedes-Benz Bluetec clean diesel engine; the twin-turbocharged Porsche 911 Turbo; the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four-door SUV; Mercedes-Benz’s adaptive brake lights, which flash five times per second; OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation; the turbocharged Acura RDX; BMW’s prototype Turbosteamer technology, which converts 80 per cent of the engine’s exhaust heat into power; and the Lexus LS 460, which can parallel-park itself.