Do you remember the teaser image posted by Bugatti on its Facebook account the other days? We were hoping it was showing the successor for the current Veyron supercar , but unfortunately the car teased there is just a new special edition Veyron from the "Bugatti Legends" series. Guess we didn’t read far enough between the lines...
The first of the "Legend" lineup was unveiled at Pebble Beach in August, and it paid tribute to Bugatti Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille . The second special edition will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and pays tribute to Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, and former designer and test driver for Bugatti.
The new Veyron Jean Bugatti edition was inspired by the Type 57SC Atlantic — the best model ever designed by Jean Bugatti. This special edition is constructed entirely from jet black, clear-coated carbon fiber, and it features platinum insertions on the staple Bugatti horseshoe on the front grille and the EB logo on the rear. It sits on black, diamond-cut alloy wheels.
For the interior, Bugatti is offering the same beige and brown tones used in the original Type 57SC Atlantic: the seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, dash panel, center console, door trim panels and windscreen cross member are chocolate brown, while Bugatti added contrasting beige on the center console, foot well, outer door trim panels and handle recesses.
Just like any other Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, this special model carries an 8.0-liter, W-16 engine that cranks out 1,200 horsepower and 1,500 Nm (1,106 pound-feet) torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm. This power affords it a 0-to-100 km/h (0-to-62 mph) sprint of just 2.6 seconds.
This special edition is limited to only three units, and each carries a price tag of €2.28 million (about $3 million at the current exchange rates).
Click past the jump to read more about Jean Bugatti.
Jean (Gianoberto Maria Carlo) Bugatti was born on January 15, 1909 as the eldest son of Ettore Bugatti. He showed interest in dad’s business when he was a young boy and proved himself to be a great designer, so by the end of the late 1920s, he was an integral part of the company.
When he was 23 years old, Jean Bugatti designed the Type 41 Royale, which he followed up with the Type 57, Ventoux, Stelvio, and Atalante models.
Jean Bugatti died in a car crash when he was only 30 years old. He lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree while trying to avoid a drunken bicyclist.
Following the successful launch of its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) series a few weeks ago in Pebble Beach in California, Bugatti presents the second vehicle in this exclusive edition as a world premiere at the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The French luxury car manufacturer intends the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse “Jean Bugatti” to be a celebration of the oldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti and his most famous creation, the Type 57SC Atlantic. Like all other five models in the Legend series, the “Jean Bugatti” is limited to three vehicles. It costs 2.28 million euros (plus tax and other charges).
With its “Jean Bugatti” Legend model, Bugatti pays homage to a prominent figure in 20th century automotive history. Gianoberto Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Bugatti, known as Jean, was the eldest son of Ettore Bugatti and the most gifted of his four children. From the late 1920s onwards, Jean used his own structural and design ideas to exert more and more influence over the development of the company located in Molsheim, Alsace. In 1936, he took over as head of the company at the age of 27. By the time of his tragic accidental death in 1939, Jean had secured his place in automotive history thanks to his pioneering engine and chassis designs and concepts for vehicle bodies.
“Jean Bugatti is a Bugatti legend,” says Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “Along with his father Ettore, Jean played a critical role in shaping our brand. Jean managed to combine the artistic roots of Bugatti with his father’s innovative automotive technology, and from that developed a design which is still reflected in the brand today, finding expression in our brand values of ‘Art, Forme, Technique’.”
One of the most extraordinary designs created by Jean Bugatti has to be the Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the most exclusive and exceptional sport coupés ever built and ranking among the most expensive vintage cars in the world. The Legend vehicle to be unveiled in Frankfurt is a call back to La Voiture Noire (‘The Black Car’), an Atlantic model which was driven by Jean Bugatti himself and has been lost since the Second World War.
“The Bugatti 57SC Atlantic is an icon. For many, it is one of the most elegant and valuable sports cars in automotive history,” asserts Wolfgang Schreiber.
“Jean Bugatti was a gifted car designer who knew to mirror the 1930s style of avant-garde in the design of the Bugatti car bodies,” explains Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer at Bugatti. “His jet black La Voiture Noire was more than just Jean’s ‘private’ car. It was also his most impressive work of art – breathtakingly sporty dimensions paired with fluid, elegant lines and the unmistakeably expressive Bugatti DNA.”
The technology in the Bugatti Legend Edition “Jean Bugatti” is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, whose 8-litre W16 engine generates an enormous 1,200 PS and an unparalleled 1,500 Nm torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm, and which can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds.
Design: For the first time ever, the Bugatti horseshoe sparkles in precious platinum
In developing the Jean Bugatti Legend Edition, the designers at Bugatti aimed to follow the concept of its historic predecessor, the Type 57SC Atlantic La Voiture Noire, as closely as possible.
Exterior: The body of the Jean Bugatti Vitesse Legend Edition is constructed entirely from jet black, clear-coated carbon fibre, making it the embodiment of elegance and the apex of technical engineering. The use of platinum lends an air of extravagance to the vehicle, with the famous Bugatti horseshoe on the front grille and the EB logo on the rear taking on a resplendent appearance. Bugatti is using this precious material for the very first time on the exterior of one of its modern models.
The vehicle’s elegant, minimalist appearance is further punctuated by its wheels, which feature black diamond-cut rims.
In reference to the Legend Edition’s namesake, the signature of Jean Bugatti has been lasered onto the petrol and oil cap and painted Arctic grey.
Interior: The designers also took care to adhere to the motif of the historic La Voiture Noire as much as possible for the interior of the Vitesse Jean Bugatti Legend Edition. As such, it has been fully fitted out in leather. The Vitesse will also feature the same beige and brown tones that were present in the Type 57SC Atlantic. The seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, dash panel, centre console, door trim panels and windscreen crossmember are all rendered in chocolate brown.
As in the original vehicle, the chocolate brown is contrasted against the leather upholstery in a light beige silk colour across the extended centre console. This upholstery is continued in the footwell, the outer door trim panels and the handle recesses. The colour of the decorative stitching in the vehicle has been selected to complement the leather used.
The intricate, particularly eye-catching embroidery on the doors and the cover of the rear storage compartment once again harks back to the vehicle’s legendary predecessor, given that the side silhouette of the Type 57SC was embroidered onto the chocolate brown doors using contrasting beige silk thread. From a bird’s eye view, the Atlantic’s silhouette is immortalised using brown thread for decorative stitching on the rear beige-coloured storage compartment.
The results of this passion for detail and the desire to use the finest materials throughout the engineering process can be observed in the interior’s steering wheel as well – as for the exterior of the vehicle, the EB logo has been styled in gleaming platinum. Also staying true to the original Type 57SC is the selector lever, which is rendered in valuable rosewood.
Additional specific Legend Edition features in the vehicle include a leather insert embossed with the lettering “Les Légendes de Bugatti” in the extended section of the centre console, and door sill plate displaying the likeness and signature of Jean Bugatti.