Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life
The new 'Black Bess' GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all
Posted: 15 Apr 2014
Bugatti Veyron ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti': Jean-Pierre Wimille edition
Six special editions to commemorate six special people who played an integral and fundamental role in shaping the company; a company whose path led to a segment on TG telly that briefly made James May a world record holder. Briefly.
For Bugatti likes its history, and thus, has dedicated a special run of Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse models - that's the 1200bhp version with the 254.04mph top speed - to some important figures from its past.
The first in the ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti' series is the Jean-Pierre Wimille edition. He was one of the longest serving test drivers at Bugatti, and brought home a number of race wins including the company's last ever one: the 1947 Bois de Boulogne, where he drove a 4.7-litre Monoposto (single seater) Type 59/50B. He also notched up two victories in Le Mans: one in 1937 and one in 1939.
So what have they done to this Veyron GSV? Painted it light blue and layered it with clear-coated carbon fibre in honour of Wimille's blue 57G. Just three will be built, each costing over £2m.