Bugatti working from home – vehicle development continues
48-year-old engineer Fischer has been working for Bugatti since 2011 and is responsible for the testing department. Although we are not working in the office at present, we are constantly developing the vehicles further and driving numerous kilometres at the test sites and on public roads. This means we are still on schedule, he says. The engineers work directly with and on Bugatti vehicles such as the Chiron and Divo, so they are dependent on other teams and test sites. “We always have to check how the other employees are working and whether any legal regulations have changed,” explains Fischer. If there is no possibility of test drives and trial runs on roads, the engineers work on their calculation and simulation models at home thanks to modern and highly developed digital work processes.
Currently only solo hyper sports car test drives
Normally, we always have two engineers working on test drives in the Chiron or Divo so that the tests can be driven according to a set checklist and the data can be saved to a computer in real time, explains Sven Bohnhorst. The 31-year-old has specialised in steering and damper calibration since 2014 at Bugatti and has helped to develop cars such as the record-breaking Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. “Since we always maintain the recommended safe distance from our colleagues and this is not possible in a car, we are currently driving solo,” he says. “But the data obtained is as accurate as ever,” he says. “Working with a hyper sports car like the Chiron with 1,500 PS is a great job that I enjoy doing every single day and one that fills me with pride,” says Bohnhorst.
Development work is teamwork
We usually discuss the often subjective handling aspects, and seek out better solutions together as a team. At the moment we have to make do with written summaries, explains Bohnhorst. “Although many things can be explained in telephone conferences, face-to-face communication directly in the car is easier when dealing with complex topics,” says Fischer. To give him a better understanding of the views of team members, he usually travels as a passenger on the final test drives – but at the moment he is driving solo instead.
This also applies to test drives in Southern Italy or France, the home of Bugatti. “However, these tests are still important and we hope that we will be able to drive in Southern Europe again soon when the restrictions have been lifted,” explains Bohnhorst. As he does not have to head out on long business trips at the moment, he now has time to work on his historic Porsche 911 Carrera.
Apr 15, 2020 at 18:05