A day in the life

De­vel­op­ment test driver, Bu­gatti

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Some peo­ple prove that life just isn’t fair. So if you’re the jeal­ous type, we ad­vise that you ap­proach this ar­ti­cle with max­i­mum cau­tion...


Wake up, take a shower, have break­fast and drive to my ofce where I ar­rive an hour and a half later. I never have fully defned sched­ules for the day – ev­ery­thing al­ways de­pends upon the kind of tests that need to be done.


In a meet­ing with my col­leagues we an­a­lyse the re­sults of the pre­vi­ous day and de­velop ideas with the en­gi­neers to ft in the im­prove­ments of the pre­vi­ous day into to­day’s new test schedule.


Af­ter the meet­ing, I drive up to the Ehra prov­ing ground where I double check that the Ch­i­ron test car is ready for test­ing. To­day we will do Launch Con­trol starts 0–200kph (124mph). Be­fore we can start, we need to con­frm the Launch Con­trol driv­ing pro­ce­dure on how to hit the start­ing point in the best way. I do some prac­tice runs to get fa­mil­iar with the car.


Af­ter lunch a Launch Con­trol dura­bil­ity test is wait­ing for me, which means we are do­ing 200 Launch Con­trol starts in a row to­day. To per­form this, we need the large dynamic plat­form at the Ehra Prov­ing Ground for exclusive use. The test needs to be fnished to­day. It is a very stress­ful test for su­per­sports cars, but the Ch­i­ron is man­ag­ing per­fectly. We do the 200 Launch Con­trol starts one af­ter the other with­out any prob­lems. I’m con­vinced no other su­per­sports car would be able to do this.


Fin­ish my test, sat­is­fed with the re­sults. We drive the car back to the garage to take a quick look at the data. I also give some feed­back to the en­gi­neers and the work­shop guys about the feel­ing and the re­ac­tions of the car to give them a chance to pre­pare it for the next day.


On my way home I start think­ing about the next test day while lis­ten­ing to the news on the ra­dio. To­mor­row’s schedule says “high-speed test­ing above 380kph (236mph)” on the Ehra high-speed track with its 10km long straight. I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to it. Pretty sure I have the best job in the world.


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