In addition to the seven-figure purchase price, maintaining a Bugatti Veyron is also very expensive. A set of tyres alone costs $42,000 (approx. £32,000), and a new video from Donut Media explains why this rubber comes at such an astronomical price.
The Veyron uses Michelin Pilot Sport PAX tyres that are bespoke for the Bugatti. They're like no other rubber on the road. For one thing, the company glues them to the wheel. This adhesive requires replacement roughly every 18 months to ensure a good seal, regardless of whether the owner is even driving the Bugatti. Plus, an owner needs to get new wheels roughly every three tyre changes.
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The Bugatti's tyres are also massive. It has the widest rear rubber ever, measuring 365 mm (14.4 inches).
The PAX part of the name refers to Michelin's run-flat system that puts a polyurethane-and-rubber insert between the interior of the tyre and the wheel. If a puncture occurs, this piece is able to support the vehicle and let it continue driving.
The Veyron is still very special:
All of this tech is necessary in order to cope with the incredible forces that the Veyron's tyres have to endure at high speed. As the velocities increase, there's more friction, which results in the air inside the tyre heating up, thereby increasing the pressure. At top speed, the tyres are fighting against 5,442 Gs of force, and they can only withstand this for 15 minutes before failing.
The $42,000 tyre change is just the start of the crazy prices for maintaining a Veyron. Changing out all the fluids runs owners $25,000 (£19,000). If you ever need to replace the fuel tank that costs $20,000 (£15,000) and an additional $22,000 (£17,000) in labour to put it in.
Source: Donut Media