The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse was designed first and foremost for speed, but a special run of six Legendes de Bugatti models – starting with the Veyron Jean-Pierre Wimille edition shown here – are supposed to celebrate the automaker’s history.
As the name suggests, the Legendes de Bugatti series aims to celebrate prominent figures and vehicles from Bugatti’s history. Each car will differ only in cosmetic detail, meaning the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is otherwise mechanically stock. As such, its 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W-12 engine produces 1200 hp and 1106 lb-ft, and is capable of rocketing the roadster from 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds.
That’s quite a bit faster than the Bugatti 57G Tank race cars Jean-Pierre Wimille had at his disposal when he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 1937 and 1939. Bugatti opted to pattern the look of his honorific Veyron after the car he drove in 1937, and the Veyron’s two-tone blue paint job replicates that of Wimille’s 57G – albeit with a twist. While the bright “Wimille Blue” panels are painted, the darker blue body panels are colored by spraying tinted clear coat over the Veyron’s carbon fiber bodywork. The two-tone theme continues into the interior, which boasts dark blue leather seating with Wimille’s signature embroidered into the headrests.
“The materials and colors selected, as well as a host of details, all reference the essential characteristics of the classic Bugattis driven by those to whom our edition pays homage,” explains Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti’s chief designer, in a prepared release. “With these Bugatti Legends, we are giving history a modern makeover.”
Bugatti will unveil the Veyron Jean-Pierre Wimille at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in early August, but ultimately build only three examples before moving to the next chapter in the Legendes de Bugatti series. We’ve no further details on future subjects or launch timing, but Bugatti says the subquent Legends models will be introduced over the next year.