Bugatti Only Has 20 People Building the Chiron

And it takes those 20 around six months to build each car.

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Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Last month we told you the full story of the astonishing Bugatti Chiron's development. Now, Bugatti has released all sorts of detailed info and photos of its assembly line. As you'd expect, the build process for the Chiron is quite special. So special, only 20 employees build it.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Bugatti's factory, or "Atelier," is located at the company's headquarters in Molsheim, France.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

The factory was built in 2005 for Veyron production, and upgraded for the Chiron.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

This is where the 1500-hp engine and dual-clutch gearbox are connected.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

You won't find a conveyor belt at Bugatti's Atelier. Everything is done at individual stations.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Here's where the rear-end–which contains the engine and gearbox–gets bolted to the carbon fiber monocoque.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Everything is assembled around the engine and gearbox.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Big power requires a big dyno.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Bugatti sends excess power generated on the dyno back to the power grid in Molsheim.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Each car is tested to be leak-proof, even though many Chirons may never see rain.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

It takes around three days to complete the interior.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Each car is wrapped in a layer of plastic for its final test drive.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Each Chiron is tested at an airport at speeds of 250 km/h (155 mph). As if you needed another reminder that the Chiron is unlike anything else.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Here, a worker adjusts the Chiron's rear-view camera.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Removing blemishes from the paintwork can take anywhere from three hours to three weeks.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Panel gaps must be perfect.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

This is Christophe Piochon, the man responsible for ensuring that each Chiron is perfectly built. He also provides a useful scale for the Chiron's huge front brakes.

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Eighteen hundred individual components go into the making of each Chiron

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Benjamin A. Monn, BAM Photography, Bugatti Chiron
Benjamin Antony Monn for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

The end result.

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