Bugatti rocked the supercar world in 2005 by releasing the Veyron , its first production vehicle since the EB110, which was discontinued in 1995. Initially powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine that cranked out 987 horsepower, the Veyron was later updated and gifted with no less than 1,183 ponies and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. The French supercar 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. With only 15 units left to be built as of August 2014, Bugatti is sending the Veyron into the history books with yet another unique iteration, this time around created for an unnamed customer in Singapore.
Suggestively named "1 of 1," this bespoke Veyron was crafted using the same recipe that made Bugatti famous. However, there’s twist to the "1 of 1", which comes with more than a custom paintjob and a personalized interior. Not that these features are something to sneeze at, but it goes to show that Bugatti is capable of taking its customization program even further. Read on to find out why.
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Take a closer look and you'll notice even more details that set this Veyron apart.
The Veyron’s familiar shape and size gains a new dimension with the "1 of 1," thanks to its bespoke paint job. Although most Veyrons sport a two-tone exterior, the "1 of 1" is finished in a different pattern, with the yellow color adorning the supercar’s upper front fenders, the A-pillars, the roof, the hood and most of the rear fascia. You will also notice yellow accents around the horseshoe front grille and on the unique wheels. What’s more, the yellow-over-black paintjob, which pays tribute to the historical Bugatti family colors and classic models such as the Type 41 Royale, Type 55 and Type 44, is exclusive to this unique vehicle.
Take a closer look and you’ll notice even more details that set this Veyron apart. The initials of Ettore Bugatti, present on the wheel center caps, the oil cap and the fuel flap are finished in yellow, and the front grille was redesigned at the customer’s request. Specifically, the traditional mesh grille was replaced with the customer’s initials, which were laser cut, polished and black-anodized. Additionally, the Veyron "1 of 1" received a Bugatti logo on the underside of the rear wing, which becomes visible as the piece extends at speeds over 110 mph.
Finishing touches include "One of One" decorations on the center console and a portrait of the customer engraved together with his name in the door sills.
The classic Bugatti black-and-yellow theme continues inside. Trimmed in black leather, the cabin is highlighted by the yellow stitching seen on the steering wheel, seats and the gear selector lever. The center console is made from deep-black, exposed carbon-fiber — a feature unique to the "1 of 1" Veyron — while the carbon-fiber lid of the rear box mounted between the seats receives a bespoke sketch depicting the Type 35, Bugatti’s most successful race car.
The door panels carry a unique design as well, this time around in the shape of a yellow-colored silhouette of the Veyron. The image was created using a new production technique in which a special duo-tone leather — black on the outside and yellow on the inside — is perforated with a laser. The holes expose the inner yellow layer, while the rest of area retains its black color. Impressive!
Finishing touches include "1 of 1" decorations on the center console and a portrait of the customer engraved together with his name in the door sills. Granted, this is one of the most intricate interiors Bugatti has created for the Veyron supercar.
This special, unique Veyron carries a standard engine under its hood. But the 8.0-liter W-16 mill is far from ordinary, as it kicks out no less than 1,183 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of twist. All that amazing power and torque travels to the wheels through a seven-speed, DSG sequential gearbox and the performance it delivers is astounding. The 0-to-60 mph sprint takes only 2.6 seconds, while top speed sit at 253 mph — a Guinness Book record in the automotive industry.
The fact that the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse holds the record for the fastest open-top production car is what makes this expensive supercar so popular among speed fanatics, and this bespoke iteration is no exception.
The amount the wealthy Singapore owner paid to take delivery of this one-of-a-kind Veyron is a well-guarded secret, but we have a hunch it cost more than the Ettore Bugatti Veyron limited edition, which is priced at €2.35 million ($3.1 million as of 08/25/2014). Given its exclusivity, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear Bugatti charged around $4 million to build it.
Although the Pagani Huayra is no match for the Veyron in terms of horsepower and torque (or even displacement for that matter), the Italian supercar enjoys a similar status among collectors. Specifically, customers opt for either limited-edition or unique versions of the Huayra, which says a lot about Pagani’s vast personalization program.
Although engine specs remain unchanged, the Huayra can be had in various exterior finishes, including bespoke colors and bare carbon-fiber skins highlighted by the company’s already famous "Tricolore" stripes. Different sets of wheels are also available, but the customization process can also include extensive aerodynamic tweaks, and even different headlamps and taillights. The same recipe can be applied in the cabin, where numerous leathers, trims and inserts can be fitted at the owner’s request.
Motivation is provided by the AMG-sourced, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine rated at 730 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque. With that beast under its hood, the Huayra is capable of 0-to-60 mph sprints of 3.2 seconds and top speeds of 230 mph.
Gallery Pagani Huayra
Although we’ve seen one too many special-edition Bugatti Veyrons recently, we have to admit this "1 of 1" creation is indeed special and sits atop the rest of the lineup. Unlike other one-off creations, which also feature bespoke paintjobs and interiors, this Veyron also sports a unique front grille, making it the first vehicle of its kind to gain a custom horseshoe grille straight from the factory.
Although production of the Bugatti Veyron will come to an end by 2015, its speed records and highly customizable nature will remain. Vehicles such as the "1 of 1" will carry the Veyron legend even further, cementing the manufacturer’s already strong position in the world of supercars.
- Unique exterior and interior
- Still incredibly powerful and fast
- Classic Bugatti heritage
- Awfully expensive
- You can’t buy it and Bugatti won’t build another one
- Plenty of options out there
- Veyron successor underway
Bugatti presented a special car, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse1 “1 of 1”, on Saturday in Pebble Beach, California. This edition of the fastest production roadster in the world impressively demonstrates a core competency of the French luxury brand, namely customisation. The Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1” takes inspiration from the brand’s historical designs and vehicles. The result is a unique supercar which Bugatti president Wolfgang Durheimer personally presented to the future owner from Singapore.
“The Bugatti Veyron is an iconic car, which has set benchmarks in many respects”, said Wolfgang Du?rheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “In addition to the certainty of owning the world’s fastest production sports car, exclusiveness is extremely important to our customers. This is the reason that we have always placed so much focus on customisation and personalisation at Bugatti.”
Every Bugatti which has been configured by a customer is unique. In addition to these, Bugatti produces strictly limited special editions. The Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1” presented at Pebble Beach is truly one of a kind, with a number of features exclusively designed and developed by Bugatti for the customer of this car.
“For our customers, a Bugatti is an investment in an automotive work of art which will endure for generations. This is why every Bugatti is both unique and absolutely authentic in its technical prowess and stylistic form,” emphasises Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer at Bugatti. In the creation of the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1”, the Bugatti design team and the customer took their inspiration from Bugatti’s history.
Bugatti revives the brand’s traditional colours, black and yellow
The carbon-fibre body of the “1 of 1” was produced in black and yellow, reviving the historical Bugatti family colours. This colour scheme and the split will be exclusive to the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1”. Company founder Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean had a number of important cars finished in the classic duo-tone combination of black and yellow, including the Fiacre bodies of the Type 41 Royale, the Type 55 and the Type 44. For this reason, the “1 of 1” was presented to the customer next to a Type 44 which was provided by the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, USA, especially for this occasion.
The black-and-yellow colour scheme went beyond the vehicles themselves at Bugatti. Even the beams over the old oak gates of the Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace were painted in these colours.
The Bugatti designers gave the historical colour combination a modern interpretation and developed an exclusive design which makes the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1” unique. Most of the body is exposed deep-black carbon divided by a “1 of 1” yellow tone, developed together with the customer, applied to sections of the front wings, beginning beneath the headlights and tapering as it extends behind the doors. The A-pillars, the air scoops, the engine cover and the striking rear wings are also finished in “1 of 1” yellow.
The wings were finished in a very special way. Sections of the carbon-fibre body parts were given a top coat while others received a clear coat. The differing finishes require substantial technical effort and highly skilled workmanship because the carbon-fibre layers must be differently applied exactly along the future colour boundaries in order to attain the weave patterns required for the clear-coated exposed carbon fibre and top-coated carbon fibre.
The legendary Bugatti horseshoe on the front grille is yellow on the front part while the inner section is black. And it is impossible to overlook the wheels of the Grand Sport Vitesse. The rims are painted black and yellow. The rims with the unique dual tone are an exclusive feature of the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1”, and the initials of Ettore Bugatti on the hubcaps likewise glow in yellow. This detail also appears on the oil and fuel flap.
Newly developed design for the grille
For the first time, Bugatti has specially designed the radiator grille in the Bugatti horseshoe at the customer’s request. The traditional expanded mesh grille was replaced in the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1” with a grille in which the customer’s initials, “PL”, were laser cut. In an extremely complex process, which Bugatti developed and patented, every inner surface of the grille was hand-polished. After that the grille was black-anodised, then the front was polished and the grill was finished again with a natural anodised layer. More than 200 working hours are needed to attain this special, luxurious anodised duo-tone appearance in the finest quality.
Bugatti logo as tribute to the brand
The customer’s wish to express the historical roots of Bugatti in his Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1” was expressed in another detail of the car which cannot be overlooked: the brand logo, lovingly called the Bugatti “macaron”.
Company founder Ettore developed it himself, injecting his sense of workmanship and his love for luxurious detail, just as he did with his cars. An engineer to the core, Ettore Bugatti specified that the oval shape of the logo should be twice as long as it is high, as if one were to cut a tube at a thirty-degree angle. The name “Bugatti” is set off with a black shadow, over which the initials of Ettore Bugatti are elegantly placed.
These initials, incidentally, are also used independently of this logo. Both elements are surrounded by sixty dots reminiscent of a string of pearls which increase the impression of elegance. The Bugatti logo still embellishes every Bugatti today and looks especially authentic as an enamel badge. In this form, the character of the logo upon which Ettore Bugatti placed such great value is well expressed: it is a hand-crafted work of art.
The Bugatti logo is among the most elegant automobile logos in the world today. No other modern Bugatti displays the Bugatti macaron as prominently as does the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1”. In addition to being displayed in its traditional place as an enamel badge on the grille of every Bugatti, here it appears in black on the yellow underside of the rear wing when it extends at 180 km/h.
Inside the car, the macaron is prominently embroidered in yellow in the black head rests.
The classic black-and-yellow colour scheme continues in the interior
The interior also clearly echoes to the Bugatti family colours. The complete interior is trimmed in black leather. The instrument panel is made of deep-black exposed carbon.
The yellow decorative stitching on the steering wheel, seats and gear selector lever seems to glow. Gracing the cabin is a shining yellow Bugatti Type 35, the most successful racing car ever with more than 2,000 victories and podium finishes, and one of the brand’s most symbolic models. At the customer’s request, a sketch of the Type 35 executed by a Bugatti designer has been rendered in the black carbon lid of the rear centre box between the seats.
Bugatti uses laser perforation technique for the first time
The link to the modern history of Bugatti is created on the black door panels. A new production technique was used for this: the door panel is made from due-tone leather, black on the outside and yellow on the inside. The leather was perforated with a laser so that the holes exposed the inner yellow layer. The result is a silhouette of a Bugatti Veyron.
Of course, the classic methods of customising were also used in the Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1”. For example, the Bugatti logo and the text “one of one” – both in yellow – decorate the black carbon inlays on the extension of the centre console. As a very personal touch, the Bugatti designers created a portrait of the customer and engraved it together with his name in the door sill trim.
Seemingly limitless choice of ways to customise
The Bugatti Veyron enjoys the reputation of being a unique masterpiece. Its market launch almost ten years ago revitalised the French luxury brand’s legendary automotive tradition characterised by superlatives. The Veyron is the most powerful and fastest production sports car in the world. Bordering on the limits of technological possibility, it is nevertheless endowed with great day-to-day practicality because it is both easy and intuitive to drive as well as being comfortable.
The Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1” is the result of many months of close cooperation between Bugatti’s design team and the customer. Focusing on the customers and their wishes is one of the brand’s great strengths. In the spirit of Ettore Bugatti, whose motto was “Nothing is too expensive, nothing is too beautiful”, the company continues to work in partnership with its customers to design vehicles which express both the legend of the brand and the personality of the customers.
“A Bugatti is purchased as a collector’s item. As a brand, we do everything to be worthy of the trust placed in us and to maintain the sustained value of this automotive icon,” notes Wolfgang Du?rheimer. “This means that we also support our customers in the personalisation of their Bugatti in the way they would like it. Our customers’ wishes are our highest priority.”
The average net price of Bugatti vehicles sold, including options, is presently more than €2 million. For example, the clear-coated exposed carbon-fibre body is very popular. To go with it, Bugatti now offers nine colours, more than any other manufacturer. The French luxury brand presently offers more than 100 different colours for fully painted carbon-fibre bodies. Bugatti also works passionately to satisfy its customers’ wishes regarding the colours for the leather in the interior or the selection of exclusive materials such as gold, platinum, porcelain, crystal glass and more.