Bugatti stunned the entire world in 2005 by releasing the Veyron , its first production vehicle in 10 years. At first it was powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine rated at 987 horsepower, which was later uprated to deliver 1,183 ponies. It is mostly know for being the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a record sitting at 267.856 mph. Its roadster version, the Grand Sport Vitesse , holds the same benchmark for the world’s fastest open-top with a top speed of 254.04 mph. Set to go out of production sometime in 2015, the Veyron is bidding the supercar market farewell through a series of "Les Legendes de Bugatti" special-edition models. The final version of the series — in all the series includes six special editions — pays tribute to Bugatti founder and designer Ettore Bugatti and Bugatti unveiled it just ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance .
As with most "Legends" Veyrons, it pays tribute to a very special person and an iconic Bugatti model from the company’s glorious past. This time around the French selected the Type 41 Royale , a 21-foot-long luxury car built in only six units between 1927 and 1933. Needless to say, this is a great way to send the current Veyron into the history books, while an even more impressive successor is being developed.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Bugatti Veyron "Ettore Bugatti".
As with all Veyrons included in the "Les Legendes de Bugatti" colection, the Ettore Bugatti edition doesn’t stray far from the standard supercar. As its name suggests, it honors company founder and designer Ettore Bugatti and the Type 41 Royale, one of the most recognizable Bugattis ever built.
Based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, as are all the other Legends special editions, the Ettore Bugatti Veyron borrows its exterior color combo from the legendary Type 41 Royale. The front end and the doors are made of hand-polished aluminum and finished with a clear coat, while the rest of the body consists of dark-blue exposed carbon-fiber. Both hues are similar to those seen on the Type 41 Royale, and the resemblance is stunning to say the least.
The wheels, on the other hand, have nothing to do with those seen on the classic limousine. Specifically developed for this bespoke Veyron, the polished, diamond-cut rims come in an eight-spoke configuration and feature a subtle, dark-blue finish matching the rear section of the body. The wheels are actually developed from a design created by Ettore himself, while he was studying lighter wheel designs for Bugatti race cars, which makes this limited-edition Veyron that much more special.
Other features that set the Ettore Bugatti Veryon apart from the standard Grand Sport Vitesse include the platinum-finished horseshoe and rear "EB" logo. Additionally, both the fuel and oil caps are engraved with Ettore’s signature, a subtle, yet effective detail that only exclusive supercars like the Veyron get to enjoy.
While the exterior is nearly identical to the standard model save for the special paint and the little details, the interior tells a different story. For the very first time since the Veyron was launched, Bugatti has fitted the supercar’s interior with two types of leather. Traditional calf’s leather covers parts that are usually touched by hand, including the steering wheel, gear-shift lever, door handles, and center console armrest, while the switches in the door panels and in the roof module are wrapped in an exclusive, natural cordovan leather. The former comes in a natural shade of brown, while the latter boasts a tan hue obtained through a process that took around six months.
The eye-catching details don’t stop here though. The dark-blue exposed carbon-fiber adorning the body makes its way into the cabin on the door panels, the cover of the rear center box, and seat stitching. The cover of the rear center box is also fitted with a platinum-coated dancing elephant, which is reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale. Rounding off the bespoke interior is the “Les Legendes de Bugatti” leather-clad insert in the center console extension and the custom door sills bearing the portrait and signature of Ettore Bugatti.
Just like all the other special-edition Legends Veyrons, the Ettore Bugatti Veyron is motivated by the same mill powering the standard Grand Sport Vitesse. We’re talking about the company’s huge, quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 that generates 1,183 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, and sends them to the wheels through a seven-speed, DSG sequential gearbox. These figures deliver impressive performance figures, as the Veyron needs only 2.6 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and comes with a top speed of 253 mph.
Although the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse holds the record for the fastest open-top production car at 254.04 mph, customers don’t have access to those type of speeds, as the vehicle’s velocity is usually limited to 233 mph.
|Type||8 liter W16|
|Torque||1,106 @ 3,000–5,000 RPM|
|0 to 60 mph||2.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||254 MPH|
Produced in only three units, the Ettore Bugatti Veyron is priced at €2.35 million, which means about $3.14 million as of 08/07/2014. The sticker makes the Ettore Bugatti the most expensive Veyron from the Legends series.
John Hennessey has been struggling to create an equally fast vehicle ever since the Bugatti Veyron became the fastest production car in the world. The Texas-based manufacturer finally achieved this in February 2014, when a beefed-up Venom GT hit 270.49 miles per hour at the Kennedy Space Center. However, the speed record wasn’t eligible for a Guinness induction, as Hennessey wasn’t allowed two runs, as required by Guinness and it was two models shy of being considered a "production car."
Although it failed to beat the Veyron on official terms, the impressive run led to the creation of a limited-edition Venom GT called World’s Fastest Edition. Only three units were built and sold for $1.25 million each. The Lotus Exige-based, special-edition supercar is motivated by a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that delivers 1,244 horsepower. The WFE needs 2.7 seconds to sprint from naught to 60 mph and 9.9 seconds to pull a quarter-mile.
Introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the One:1 is renowned for its perfect one horsepower per one kilogram ratio. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine, the Swedish supercar benefits from 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound feet of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and Koenigsegg claims it can reach a top speed of 248 mph. Even more impressive is the fact it can accelerate from 0 to 248 mph in 20 seconds and brake from 248 mph to a standstill in only 10 seconds.
The Koenigsegg One:1 will be built in only six units, all of which have been already sold for a cool $2.4 million each. All told, you won’t be able to buy one anytime soon unless the One:1 hits the used car lot or Koenigsegg launches a new iteration.
Gallery Koenigsegg One:1
Each Bugatti Veyron launched in the Legends series is impressive in its own right, but the Ettore Bugatti is definitely the one that tops them all. It’s no wonder the French kept Ettore’s name and the Type 41 Royale for the final limited-edition model of the series. Both are of huge importance to the brand, and it seems the Veyron is more than suited to carry both names due to its staggering performance and enormous amount of luxury.
It’s terribly expensive, yes, but these overpriced supercars weren’t built for the average Joe. It’s the sheiks and the wealthy collectors that get to park them in their crowded garages. Unfortunately, these Veyrons won’t get to spend too much time at the track, but rather stretch their wheels during fancy parades. That doesn’t make them less spectacular, though.
- Classic Bugatti heritage
- Stunning power and speed
- Future collectible
- Pays tribute to one of the most iconic automotive figures in the world
- Very expensive
- High maintenance costs
- How about a redesigned Veyron?
Gallery Bugatti Veyron "Ettore Bugatti"
Bugatti is celebrating the conclusion of its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” edition (Bugatti Legends). One year ago, Bugatti launched the exclusive model series during the Monterey Car Week at the well-known and attended automotive events “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” and “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance” with the first Legend. This year, the crowning conclusion will be held on August 15 at the same location with the world première of the company’s sixth Legend. It honors Ettore Bugatti, founder and patron of the brand, and is based on the historical model Type 41 Royale. As with the five previous Legends, only three of the final Legends model will
be produced. It costs €2.35 million net. Bugatti is presenting all six Bugatti Legends together for the first and only time. “Ettore Bugatti is our ‘patron’. His demand that an automobile be a perfect harmony of technology and aesthetics still applies to us today,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “Ettore Bugatti always strived for the creation of a total work of art. His ideas and vehicles set the foundation stone for an automobile brand that was lauded then and now as the most valuable in the world. Ettore Bugatti himself is a legend. It was clear from the start that we should dedicate the final Legends model to him personally.”
Ettore Bugatti is one of the most important figures of the automotive world in the 20th century.
He knew how to combine his family’s rich artistic heritage with his technological ideas and succeeded in creating the foundation for a design language that shaped the brand for years to come and made it unmistakable. The brand’s values of “Art, Forme, Technique” define this unique approach. Under his leadership, vehicles were produced that were ahead of their
Bugatti times both technically and stylistically, and are today highly valued collectors’ items. Two such vehicles are the Type 57 SC Atlantic and the unforgettable Type 41 Royale that Ettore Bugatti built as the most powerful and luxurious car of its time. It also serves as the historical basis for this Bugatti Legend. The lightweight construction designs of the 1920s, such as the Type 13 “Brescia” or the Type 35 – which was one of the most successful racing cars in motor sport history with 2,000 victories and podium finishes – are further notable representatives of the brand. One-off presentation of all six Legends at Pebble Beach Alongside the world première of the Ettore Bugatti Legend, for the first and only time, Bugatti will be presenting all six models of the Legends Edition on Friday, August 15 at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” and also on Sunday, August 17 at the “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance”.
The Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti”
The “Ettore Bugatti” Legend is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse1, as are all the other Legends. The super sports car is powered by a 1,200 PS, 8-litre W16 engine that transmits an unequalled 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm to the tarmac and rockets it from zero to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h (254 MPH) with the roof down, the Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster ever built.
Design – pure image “The legend’s design is dedicated to Ettore Bugatti’s passion for the unusual in automobile construction. One of his masterpieces – the Type 41 Royale – never fails to impress and inspire with its mere presence,” explains Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer at Bugatti. “Ettore liked to describe his creations as ‘Pur Sang’, as thoroughbreds. In dedicating this Bugatti Legend to him, we are staying true to his philosophy of esthetically functional beauty for the automobile by using pure and natural materials such as polished aluminium and the finest cordovan leather.” A body of clear-coated carbon and hand-polished aluminium
Exterior. The design of the carbon body of the Legends model “Ettore Bugatti” is based on a 1932 Type 41 Royale with the chassis number 41111 and sports a “yin-yang” color split. The front part is made of hand-polished aluminium and finished with a clear coating. Bugatti is the only manufacturer to use clear-coated aluminium on a production vehicle. For the first time, this material is used for the entire front and side panels including the bonnet, the mirror bases and housings, the exterior door handles and the corners of the bumpers, the wings, the doors and the regions just behind them, the so-called “medallions” (in French). The vehicle’s rear, sill panels and A-pillar trims are finished with dark-blue exposed carbon. Based on one of the most famous wheel rim designs in automotive history, the polished, diamond-cut wheel rims were specially developed for this vehicle and color-coordinated with a dark-blue finish. The eight-spoke wheel was created by Ettore Bugatti who was looking for Bugatti a light wheel for his racing cars, like the famous Type 35. Ettore Bugatti thus made a decisive contribution to the development of the aluminium wheel in automobile manufacture. The new wheel rim design on the Vitesse Legend therefore carries the name “Ettore Bugatti.” The distinctive Bugatti horseshoe and the EB logo at the rear shine out in platinum and underscore the gleaming exterior appearance of this Bugatti Legend. The signature of the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti is engraved into the tank and oil cap and painted in silver.
Bugatti is using two types of leather for the first time in the “Ettore Bugatti” Legend. Traditional calf’s leather – here in a natural brown (Brun Cavalier) – is used throughout the vehicle interior. Those parts that are typically touched by hand including the steering wheel rim, gear lever, door handles, centre console armrest and door handle recesses, the switches in the door trims and in the roof module are all jacketed in an exclusive, natural cordovan leather. Bugatti is using this skilfully created leather – the tanning process alone takes around six months – for the first time. It is typically used for high-quality shoes and is particularly durable and sure to the touch. The exterior’s blue exposed carbon is present again in the vehicle interior, such as in the door trims and cover of the rear centre box, perfectly complemented by the seats’ dark-blue seams. The eye-catching feature of the interior is the platinum-coated dancing elephant, that is inset in the cover of the rear centre box and reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale. The figure was originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt. Other well-known Legends features have also been included in this vehicle, namely the “Brun Cavalier” leather-clad insert in the centre console extension which bears the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” nameplate and the relief of the dancing elephant as well as the door sills bearing the portrait and signature of Ettore Bugatti.
Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti – his full name – was born in Milan on 15 September 1881, the second child of this highly creative family. His parents hoped that he would pursue an artistic career like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he became fascinated with technology, leaving the “Accademia die Belle Arti di Brera” in Milan to begin, at 17, an apprenticeship in a bicycle/tricycle factory. There he built his first motorized tricycle, and soon thereafter his first automobile. The construction was so remarkable that it earned him a prize at an internationally recognised exhibition in Milan. In the following year, he moved to Niederbronn in Alsace, where the manufacturer De Dietrich, impressed with Bugatti’s first construction, trusted him with the management of automobile manufacture. Ettore Bugatti developed new models and took part in several car races until 1904. After leaving De Dietrich & Cie, he took on a number of jobs in automobile construction, including a job at the Deutz gas engine factory in Cologne in September 1907. At this time, Bugatti privately developed a very light vehicle, the Type 10, which he built a little later under his own name. He left Deutz in 1909 and leased the empty buildings of a former dyeworks factory in Molsheim (Alsace) and founded his own automotive company. Production of the T13 began and grew year by year. Thereafter came other light sports cars and an entry into motor racing. Bugatti enjoyed racing successes at Le Mans in 1920 and four times at Brescia in 1921. He built the famous Type 35 Grand Prix car in 1925, an automobile that won an incredible 412 races in only its first nine months. It was during these years that production of those automobiles people associate with the Bugatti brand was begun. Racing, sport and touring cars of their quality can hardly be found from any other factory. The prototype for the kingly limousine was produced in 1926: the Type 41 Royale.
Ettore was a versatile inventor. He not only built cars but also dedicated some of his time to the construction of trains, aeroplanes and boats. So it was that Royale engines were produced for the new high-speed train for French railways in Molsheim at the beginning of the 1930s. Production of the Type 57 began in 1934. This best-selling touring car’s body was designed by Ettore’s son Jean. Ettore handed over day-to-day running of the business to Jean in 1936, by which time his son had made a name for himself as an exceptionally gifted designer. Ettore’s hopes for the future of the company rested on his son’s shoulders. Tragically, Jean died in an automobile accident in 1939, a heavy blow for Ettore that also had consequences for the company. Ettore Bugatti died from complications arising from pneumonia on 21 August 1947 in Paris. His business was closed upon sale of the company at the beginning of the 1960s. It was not until Volkswagen acquired the brand rights in 1998 and began development of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 that the foundations for a sustainable and successful continuation of the brand were laid.
Ettore Bugatti’s legacy is still present today and lives on in the brand. The Type 41 Royale – automotive icon and “vehicle of kings” As a young man, Ettore Bugatti had always dreamt of building the most powerful and luxurious production car the world had ever seen. It was not until 1926 that he was able to turn his dream into a reality. With the acclaimed Type 41 Royale, he created a car that was in a league of its own in terms of performance, size, comfort, quality and elegance. For its prototype, Ettore designed an 8-cylinder in-line engine with an overhead camshaft, a capacity of almost 15 liters and a monolithic head and engine block. The production version had a 12.7-liter engine with the three valves per cylinder that were typical for Bugatti at that time. The engine produced around 300 PS at less than 2,000 rpm. The Royale is also regal in size: measuring approximately 6.5m long and 4.3m across the wheelbase, it weighs around 3 tonnes (approx. 6,600 lbs.) and boasts a 190-liter tank. The car’s crowning glory is its radiator cap which features an elephant sculpture created by Rembrandt Bugatti, Ettore’s brother. This elephant has since become a symbol that is synonymous with the Bugatti brand to this day. The difficult economic conditions in Europe and America at the time meant that Ettore was unable to achieve his goal of producing the 25 vehicles that he had intended to sell to various royal families and heads of state. Only six vehicles were built and all of them still exist today.