A job description that involves being amongst the first in the world to send supercars around a track at their upper most limits sounds like the dream gig.
Many would sacrifice a body party just for a day at the track with a Bugatti, but there are guys out there like Loris Bicocchi that actually get paid to do it.
Every job has its hazards, so you won’t be surprised to hear that there’s good reason that they get paid a healthy amount. Let the harsh reality of Loris’ little-known story from some 15 years ago put this dream job in perspective.
The Italian test driver was one of the primary crew in charge of the development and testing of the Bugatti Veyron, well before its first incarnation became a household name for its cheer speed and physics-bending records in 2005.
A softly spoken man, Loris humbly recounts the fateful day back in the early 2000’s when he was asked to do ‘just one more’ flat-out lap of the Nardò test ring in Italy. Flat-out in a Bugatti Veyron is not far off the speed of a jet airliner, so you can imagine the carnage when a tyre blows and you hit a wall.
The 15 minute interview above is well worth the investment.