Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Legends Edition (2013) first official picturesWed, 24 Jul 2013
Yes, it’s another special edition Bugatti Veyron. Frankly, it’s good news for owners of regular, non-limited edition Veyrons, whose cars are surely soon to be more exclusive than the endless commemorative iterations of Bugatti’s 1000bhp icon.Why is Bugatti creating a new series of special Veyrons?
Bugatti is paying tribute to six of the most important individuals in the marque’s 104-year history, and will be unveiling a new special edition Veyron every two months for the next year. The first is the car pictured right: the Jean-Pierre Wimille version.Who was Jean-Pierre Wimille?
A French driver, pictured right, who won Bugatti two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans: in 1937, driving a Bugatti 57G ‘Tank’ co-driven by Robert Benoist, and again in 1939, this time supported by Pierre Veyron in a 57C Tank. Yes, that’s the very same ‘Veyron’ who lends his name to Bugatti’s supercar – making them all special legend editions, really…
Jean-Pierre Wimille also drove Bugatti’s final competitive racing victory, at the Bois de Boulogne in 1947, behind the wheel of a 4.7-litre Monoposto Type 59/50 B. Wimille died in a car accident in 1949.What’s been changed for this particular Bugatti Veyron?
The Wimille Edition is inspired by the 1937 Le Mans-winning car, which was decked out in French racing blue. This Veyron reinterprets the finish with blue clear-coated carbon fibre and a light Wimille Bleu paintwork finish.
Naturally, you get a matching interior scheme, complete with a Le Mans track map picked out on the rear bulkhead. Mechanically, the Veyron Legend Editions are all identical to standard the Veyron Vitesse.Remind me of the mechanical spec?
Mounted amidships is a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-litre W16 engine, developing 1183bhp and 1106lb ft. Driving all four wheels via a seven-speed paddleshift gearbox, the Veyron Vitesse launches to 62mph in 2.6sec, and has a Guinness World Record-verified top speed of 254mph. Expect a price tag of more than £1.5m if you’re feeling flush.
By Ollie Kew