VIDEO: Bugatti Veyron's W16 engine being milled
If you're the type who gets excited at the thought of viewing an engine block being machined out of a solid piece of metal, then get ready to indulge all your fantasies with a look at the Bugatti Veyron's mighty W16 being carved up by a computer-controlled milling machine. Inch by inch, the tiny spindle meticulously cuts away at the single block of metal until eventually the first few cylinders start to appear, and before long the lifeless lump of metal starts to resemble the familiar W-patterned heart of the Veyron supercar.
The machine in the video is a Matsuura MAM72-42V 5 axis CNC, a model that first appeared back in 1991 and has since sold over 500 copies to various companies. Inside is a small electric motor that spins the greased up spindle anywhere between 12,000 and 30,000 rpm. The machine is rated at only 15 hp, which is small change compared to the 1001 hp that the W16 block it's machining will have to endure. Now if we could only install one of these babies in the Autoblog Garage, we're sure hours of fun would ensue.
Video after the jump.