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the W12 has been around for several years and upto the point VAG bought Lambo it looked like it might go into production.

Since then, two new Lambo's, a Bently and possibly an Audi supercar seems to have killed the VW project, though it continues as a technology platform by the looks of it.

Do a search on the net for W12 @ nardo
 

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the W12 has been around for several years and upto the point VAG bought Lambo it looked like it might go into production.

Since then, two new Lambo's, a Bently and possibly an Audi supercar seems to have killed the VW project, though it continues as a technology platform by the looks of it.

Do a search on the net for W12 @ nardo
The original photos were all orange... IMO it was stunning... not really the VW type of image tho really
 

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They did use it to set a 24 hour land speed record. I have the 'brochure' at home.

Talking about VAG supercars did anyone see Fifth gear. They covered the Monaco Top Marques car show. They showed a Bugatti Veyron. I noticed that it had aero wipers, looked a little out of place on a 700K supercar, considering they are a standard fit on a mk5
 

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They did use it to set a 24 hour land speed record. I have the 'brochure' at home.

Talking about VAG supercars did anyone see Fifth gear. They covered the Monaco Top Marques car show. They showed a Bugatti Veyron. I noticed that it had aero wipers, looked a little out of place on a 700K supercar, considering they are a standard fit on a mk5
LOL... remember that bugatti veyron a few years back... it had run flat tyres that were still capable of being safe at over 100mph!!! 0-200 mph was quicker than a lot of cars 0-60 times!!![:D]
 

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They did use it to set a 24 hour land speed record. I have the 'brochure' at home.

Talking about VAG supercars did anyone see Fifth gear. They covered the Monaco Top Marques car show. They showed a Bugatti Veyron. I noticed that it had aero wipers, looked a little out of place on a 700K supercar, considering they are a standard fit on a mk5
LOL... remember that bugatti veyron a few years back... it had run flat tyres that were still capable of being safe at over 100mph!!! 0-200 mph was quicker than a lot of cars 0-60 times!!![:D]
 

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i was on bentley motors this week where i usually deliver and they had wagon with some prototypes on could only see 2 yellow cars jus the bottom looked like the bottom of one of those, i was told by security couldnt go near and no member of public can go near.
 

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i was on bentley motors this week where i usually deliver and they had wagon with some prototypes on could only see 2 yellow cars jus the bottom looked like the bottom of one of those, i was told by security couldnt go near and no member of public can go near.
~You come to crewe a lot? I know quite a few people who work at Bentley, i'll make some discreet enquiries!![:D]
 

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In October 2001 the W12 concept broke the 24hr endurance record.

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300km/h average on a non-race prepped car is pretty good.

Then it was shown at Tokyo and called the Nardo.

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The purpose was to showcase the new W12 engine, not the car. It was 2 fingers up to the established sports car makers though.

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It was going into production - about a 100 they said. Then Bernd Pischetsrieder took over the helm - he cancelled it and resurrected it with a month - but nothing came of it. Then VW ran out of silly money, the Phaeton bled it dry and profits collapsed as the market became more competitive and VW suffered mas-market quality issues.

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I would bet a serious amount of money that it will never get built - especially at a time when VW is trying to create more separation between brands, not confuse customers.
 

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Fair enough - I'd agree that the lessons learnt from development may have contributed initially to the Veyron. The Veyron was already in development when Wolfsburg were umming and ahhing about whether to produce the Nardo as a limited run of hand-built cars at ?150k each.

The cars are very different though, and at the risk of stating the obvious we know that they have little in common.

The Nardo is a space-frame based 12cylinder normally aspirated car with 420 PS, rear wheel drive car with straight-cut racing gearbox.

The Veyron is a monocoque 16cylinder turbo four wheel drive car with 1001PS.

I would say that the development programmes of the VW Phaeton, then the Bentley continental GT W12 turbo with four wheel drive each owe more to the Veyron.
 
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