Bugatti, the French luxury car maker, plans to celebrate its renowned heroes. Six men who helped create the brand’s mystique will be celebrated with its exclusive edition, “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends.) The next twelve months will see the launch of six individual Bugatti Legends based on the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse.
The first legend has been named for Jean-Pierre Wimille. Wimille helped Bugatti win two victories at Le Mans. The Bugatti ‘Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille’ will make its debut at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance taking place in California next month.
The winning race car from 1937 is the inspiration behind the design of the Bugatti Legend “Jean-Pierre Wimille.” For the historic race, the 57G Tank appeared in the racing blue finish that habitually identified French racing cars. Accordingly, this Vitesse now shines in blue clear-coated carbon fiber and a light Wimille Bleu paintwork finish.
Achim Anscheidt, chief designer at Bugatti explained the reason behind keeping the same color scheme as original ” The materials and colours selected, as well as a host of details, all reference the essential characteristics of the classic models driven by those figures to whom our edition pays homage.”
All six Bugatti Legends are based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, so there will be no changes to the mechanicals. Bugatti Veyron, officially the fastest roadster in the world with a maximum speed limit of 233 mph, and the car is capable of hitting 254/mph with the top down. Peak output from the car’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 remains at 1,184 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, thus, the car will go from 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds.
This is a very limited edition series with only three Bugatti Legend “Jean-Pierre Wimille” produced. Other five legends – they’ll be launched over the next 12 months.