Bugatti, a company originally formed in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti, are famed for their limited run, high performance cars. In recent years, under the guise of the Volkswagen group, they decided to create the ultimate in physics bending super cars. What they created was the record breaking Bugatti Veyron, a 1001 bhp, 254 mph (408 km/h) bohemouth that really set a new standard for the super car industry. However, with various manufacturers nipping at their heels, Bugatti decided that they needed to reinforce their Guiness record title of ‘Fastest Production Car’. To that end they created the new Bugatti Chiron. With 10 years worth of development behind the Bugatti Chiron, the question on everyone’s lips is ‘How did they do it?’.
Bugatti Chiron – The Ultimate Internal Combustion Engine
To many people the Bugatti Chirons W16 quad turbo charged engine with its dual clutch, 7-speed transmission may look the same as the old Bugatti Veyrons engine. In reality it has been redesigned from the ground up and almost everything is brand new.
Although it is a super refined petrol engine, the Bugatti Chiron has something that very few petrol engines have, glow plugs.
‘Glow plugs, aren’t they found in diesel engines?‘, I hear you cry.
Well, usually glow plugs would only be found in diesel engines due to the higher compression diesel engines need to combust fuel. However, the team at Hidria have worked with Bugatti to develop a set of special glow plugs for pre-heating the fuel before it gets injected into the cylinders.
With such a highly tuned engine, every little edge Bugatti could get they went for. Hence the use of specialist glow plug manufacturers, Hidria. Their exclusive glow plugs are designed to heat unleaded fuel with up to a 30% ethanol mixture, using 16 glow plugs in total, one for each cylinder. The reason for this unusual choice was to make the enormous 8 litre W16 1500bhp engine meet EU emission regulations (a good thing since VW were berated recently with their international emissions scandal). Not only does the use of glow plugs mean the new Bugatti Chiron meets EU emissions, they also aid ignition, improve idling performance and reduce emissions in cold conditions. Though you’re probably not going to be driving a Chiron in the snow, despite its permanent FWD.
The addition of glow plugs to a petrol engine is rather unusual, contrary to what you may think, the Bugatti Chiron isn’t the first petrol powered vehicle to combine these technologies. However, Hidria have informed us that they believe this is the first ever high performance petrol powered production vehicle to use glow plugs in addition to spark plugs.
Who Are HIDRIA?
You could be forgiven for not knowing who Hidria are, after all they produce vital automotive components that are hidden away under the skin of a vehicle. Though if you own or use a vehicle from Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes, Iveco, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, Audi, Peugeot and Citroen (to name a few) you may be surprised to know that Hidria are actually one of the OE (Original Equipment) manufacturers for your vehicle.
From its humble beginnings over 55 years ago in Slovenia, Hidria are now a truly Europe wide company with offices in over 30 countries.
The next question you may be asking yourself is, ‘Where can I buy Hidria parts?’.
Within the UK, Euro Car Parts are proud to be the sole Distributor for Hidria automotive parts. So next time you need to change a glow plug, why not look for a Hidria option.
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