Bugatti Chiron & Mercedes G63 6X6

Industry

Route

  • London to Bahrain

Client Account Manager

Dan Leach

Projects Team Manager

Overview

Carefully Considered Cargo

In 2017, we were tasked with arranging and managing the safe transport of a Bugatti Chiron and Bentley Bentayga from London to Bahrain. Given the value and prestige of the cargo, the project involved a great deal of planning and coordination; it also saw us working closely with authorities both in the UK and throughout Europe, such was the public interest in the vehicles.


With the delivery completed to the client’s satisfaction, they were happy to utilise our services again in December 2018. The cargo on this occasion was the same Bugatti Chiron, albeit with a Mercedes G63 6×6 as the support vehicle.


“Working with high-value cargo comes with a lot of pressure, but our experience in automotive transport meant we were able to meet every challenge with confidence.”

Dan Leach

Projects Team Manager, HFS

Delivery

Mastering a Precarious Pick-up Location

The vehicles needed to be collected from a hotel in West Kensington, London. It proved to be a difficult load for the driver of the transporter as there was very little room and he had to load both vehicles on a side street next to the hotel. This caused hold-ups for some vehicles waiting to pass, along with the usual attention from a small number of supercar hunters.


The Mercedes G63 6×6 also proved a lot harder to move than the Bentley Bentayga due to being longer and taller – a task made more challenging by the minimal clearance either side. Because the car has six wheels, it also meant the airline handling agent had to use extra straps to secure it.


Results

The Right Partners

The collection date of 17 December was two months later than the previous year’s shipment. Being a lot closer to Christmas, it wasn’t quite as easy to obtain space with CargoLux Airlines. However, it was a no-brainer to use the same airline again; it had handled both vehicles in a professional manner in 2017, and the cars arrived on time into Bahrain. As per the previous delivery, the vehicles were still trucked via road to Luxembourg where they connected with a direct flight to Bahrain.


The vehicles were palletised immediately upon arrival to the airline shed at London Heathrow. The palletisation, along with security screening and final dangerous goods checks, were undertaken by the cargo handling staff. Everything was supervised by our Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA), who had prior permission to inspect these tasks inside the handling shed, and we were able to raise the specialist paperwork and labels to accompany the vehicles to destination.


One regulation that did pose a challenge is that any vehicle must have no more than a quarter of a tank of fuel – something that is harder to control when the cars belong to an individual. In this case, the Bugatti actually arrived with half a tank of fuel, meaning it would have been rejected from the flight. Fortunately, we have experienced this many times in the past and know a local company that will come on site and drain the excess fuel.


Despite the challenges we faced, both cars were delivered on time and in the same condition as they left London, leaving us with another satisfied client.

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