Why is the Bugatti Veyron illegal to drive in Australia?

Why is the Bugatti Veyron illegal to drive in Australia?

Why is the Bugatti Veyron illegal to drive in Australia ?

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Why is the Bugatti Veyron illegal to drive in Australia? This is because Bugatti made no right hand drive version of the Veyron, and left hand drive cars are illegal to drive on public roads. 

Not just Veyrons, all left hand drive cars are illegal.

But there’s one problem when it comes to Australian compliance rules and that is where the steering wheel is placed. 

You see Australia keeps to the correct side of the road unlike other places throughout Europe and the Americas:And, unfortunately for all would be Australian owners of the Bugatti Veyron (and the Chiron), they’re only made in left-hand drive (LHD). 

Consequentially they are banned from Australian roads for general usage for quite some time – until they get to a certain age although even then they still need to be certified. Hence you can drive an original LHD Mustang in Australia, like my Hi-Po, but not a Veyron.

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Can you drive a Bugatti Veyron on public roads in Australia?

“Can you drive a Bugatti Veyron on public roads in Australia? I’ve seen some for sale, but I’ve heard you can’t actually drive them.I’ve seen some for sale, but I’ve heard you can’t actually drive them.

 

I’m trying to work out why anyone would want to. It’s a car designed to go very fast and is not a great deal of use for anything else. 

There are few roads in Australia where you could drive it fast-enough to be any fun at all.So, you can drag off a Holden from a traffic light? How good is that!

Ferruccio Lamborghini used to drive a Fiat 500 (the old 14 BHP rear-engined one) around town and Enzo Ferrari drove a Fiat 1100 or one of its successors around town. 

It made far more sense to both of them to drive a car suited to the conditions than to drive the cars they made around town.

Far more fun, too. I used to drive one of those Fiat 500s and it is wonderful fun around town and on winding roads.

Far more fun to drive a car that suits the conditions than one that you can never stretch properly. 

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Why is the Bugatti Veyron illegal to drive in Australia?

It is not illegal to drive per se.

You can drive on private roads and racetracks to your heart’s content, but it may be illegal to drive on public roads.

Australians drive on the left hand side of the road, meaning the driver sits on the right hand side. 

Generally, left hand drive( LHD ) cars must be converted to right hand drive in order to be registered and allowed to drive on public roads in Australia.If you can’t (or don’t want to) convert it, there are options that would allow you to drive it on the road in limited circumstances.

Each state has its own regulations, but generally you can register LHD if they are 30 years old or more – but in Western Australia it is only 15 years. 

This means that, from next year, you can register the first Veyron (produced in 2005) in WA( Western Australia)

As I mentioned earlier, each state has its own regulations, but other options may include:

Club plates – the car can be registered to drive on public roads as long as.you are going to or from a registered event.

Trade plates – the car (owned by a car dealership) can be driven on public roads for evaluation purposes. These types of permits are generally only valid for 24 hours or less.

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1. McLaren 765 LT
The latest model in McLaren’s special ‘Longtail’ series is not without its flaws, but as an explosive tour de force in the upper echelons of the ‘trackday supercar’ world, it takes some beating.

2.Porsche 911 GT3 

The Porsche 911 GT3’s supreme hardcore focus, track-day toughness, handling brilliance, driver involvement, and performance value make it a car that absolutely demands attention. 

It has become the default answer to any number of questions that a newly minted petrolhead may have about which car to buy to maximise return on investment for speed, excitement, and driver reward. 

The only snag is that everyone knows about it these days, so GT3s have become highly sought after.

 

3.Ferrari 488 Pista (Ferrari 488 Pista)
Here are the key figures: 710bhp, 568lb ft, 1359kg, zero to 62mph in 2.85sec, and £252,765 – before options. In short, the 488 Pista is a serious piece of machinery. And a very effective one at that.

The successor to the phenomenal 458 Speciale was the fastest car to lap the Anglesey Coastal Circuit in our Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2018 shoot out, with a time of 1min 11.4sec – 1.7sec faster than the McLaren 600 LT.

 

4. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Mentioning the word ‘jota’ in the company of a well-read supercar aficionado will always produce a wobbly-kneed reaction. 

There was only ever one prototype built, and it burnt to a cinder before it could sire a very special limited-edition production run.

 

5.Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley’s four-door ‘Continental’-series limousine started off its modern life as the Continental Flying Spur in 2006, only dropping the nomenclature prefix that links it with Crewe’s current two-door GT with its biggest model overhaul yet in 2014. 

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