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Jim B

I am surprised that the topic of world terrorism is not discussed on your website. Second only to the environment in my view, terrorism is a strong factor in my personal desire to use less oil. Funding of most recent worldwide terror events (not the least of which is 911) can be directly linked to oil profits. I am disturbed by the notion that each time I fill my car with gasoline, I am potentially contributing money to terrorists. This fact motivied my recent purchase of a hybrid car, and is why I excitedly watch the Xprize

Ken Fry

Gosh -- I am going to cross the Veyron off my list of cars I am want to buy. That 10 percent increase is just too much. I'm going to buy a VW Jetta instead.

Given that Bugatti is part of VW and will not have to independently develop new technology, their estimate is hard to swallow.

But here is the real reason I'm commenting:
Although it might be nice to entertain the notion of letting competitors slide a little on safety standards, it can't happen if the cars are to be anything more than a demo of what might have been: if a car doesn't meet the standards, it can't be sold. If it can't be sold, it certainly can't win the prize.

Carl T. Guichard

I can feel the pain of Bugatti. Standards are no longer standard. The standards of ten years ago were just fine, until someone decided that we needed to adopt the newest technology in order to save another 100 or so lives that year, and so on, and so on. It is getting harder every year to be ready for what potentially may change in the next two years.

There needs to be achievable standards for the competition's sake, but they don't have to be to the latest and greatest standard, not if we want to push the technology. The GM's of the world have been begging us engineers to find something that can replace current safety glass at half the weight and cost, so lets see what the world's best can come-up with.

Otherwise, I garantee you I can take that super light weight and aerodynamic Bugatti and sqweek 100 miles per gallon out of it with a simple drivetrain swap, sell half a million to get the cost down to $25,000 but that's not what we want to see.

James Cogburn

I would think Bugatti would be happy to make the car just that much more safe for future clients. 1/4 of a million is chump change to the various owners of the car.

Regardless automotive safety standards are always evolving, as should the companies that produce the vehicles.

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