Bugatti Veyron rim destroyed in the name of science
That’s how much a set of tires costs for the Veyron
At the beginning it is explained that the original complete wheel would cost around 35,000 euros new – however, there are different information on the exact prices for tires and rims of the Veyron. It is a fact that tires and rims are extremely expensive. Since the 365 tire from the video has a DOT 37/16 (i.e. was produced in the 37th week of 2016), it is practically unusable, because Bugatti specifies that the tires on a Veyron should ideally have all four, but at the latest all five years, must be exchanged. It is also recommended that the rim be X-rayed each time a wheel is changed to detect hairline cracks.
The rim is made by OZ
The rim may have such hairline cracks or other damage. Maybe it was just too old, because the rims are supposed to be renewed after only two tire changes. That’s because the high-performance tires are bonded to the OZ-made wheels. Either way: After the water jet cutter has cut out a decent piece in around ten minutes, the tires and rims are no longer usable anyway.
The findings on the destroyed wheel are manageable, because ultimately it is also just a (very expensive) aluminum rim. It is interesting that a kind of plastic ring is mounted between the rim and the tire, which is intended to support the tire in the event of damage. Adhesive residues can only be guessed at on the wheel rims, the adhesive may have already decomposed over the years.
Jewelry is made from the leftovers
Even if cutting open this wheel did not bring any fundamentally new insights, it is still remarkable that someone dared to cut open the rim and tire of a Bugatti Veyron. And in case you’re wondering what happens to the broken rim, it’s recycled as artist Patrick Air uses it to create 50 handmade rings. Cost point: from the equivalent of 2900 euros.