While showing off their multitude of Veyron’s at the 2013 Concours d’Elegannce, Bugatti unveiled a Legend Edition Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. It is the first of six, for the six men who changed Bugatti’s history throughout the years. The series is called Les Legendes de Bugatti (Bugatti Legends), and the first one debuted at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance. Each Legend Edition Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will be built in a run of three units.
The first Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend is the Jean-Pierre Wimille, honoring the legendary French racing driver from the 1930’s who helped Bugatti achieve their two 24 Hours of Le Mans wins in: 1937, in a Bugatti 57G Tank, co-piloted by Robert Benoist, and 1939, in a Bugatti 57C Tank, co-piloted by Pierre Veyron.
The car was unveiled next to the original 57G Tank at the Concours d’Elegance. Designers of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend drew their inspiration from. The inspiration can be seen in the bodywork and interior of the car.
The exterior is made completely out of carbon fiber, and pays tribute to the 57G Tank with it’s color scheme: Light Blue contrasting nicely with royal blue. The blue color scheme was common in French race cars of the time, and is starting to see a resurgence in French rally cars. The blue/blue theme is continued on the inside (like most Veyron special editions. The headliner, footwells, and seat inserts are all blue leather. The blue is called Blue Wimille, while the darker shade of blue is called Lake Blue. Lake Blue is used for the seat bolsters, dash panel, center console, and doors. In a special homage to Wimille, the designers used a decorative stitching patter that uses the French national colors (red, white, blue).
No mechanical changes have been made to the car, so it is still capable of making 1,184 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque from it’s 8.0-liter W16 engine. And, yes, it still can go 254 mph. With the top down.
In comparison, the 57G Tank is powered by a 3.3-liter straight-eight engine delivering somewhere around 200 horsepower. Because of it’s specially designed body, it could reach top speed much faster than any competitors. Enjoy the spectacular pictures.
Jean-Pierre Wimille is on the right, Pierre Veyron is on the left, and Jean Bugatti is in the middle. The car they are leaning against is the 57G Tank.