Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille
Eight years after it was first unveiled to the world the Bugatti Veyron remains the ultimate hyper car, but that might not be the case much longer with the arrival of the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari this year, both of which combine hyper car performance and hybrid technology. At the moment though the multi-million pound hyper car is maintaining its place at the top thanks to a wide collection of very special editions, most of which have been available in extremely exclusive production runs that often run to single figures.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille that was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend follows on from machines like the EB 16.4 Veyron Pur Sang and the Sang d’Argent, both of which were limited to just five models. The latest Veyron uses the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse underpinnings and has been designed to honour French race driver Jean-Pierre Wimille who competed in Grand Prix races during the 1940s. Contrasting dark blue and “Bleu Wimille” colours have been used on the bodywork to replicate the look of Wimille’s racing car and the colour scheme continues within the cabin, where neat touches like the use of red, white and blue stitching around the gear lever to represent the Wimille’s nationality and the driver’s signature on the door sills mark this out from other Veyrons.
There’s been no change to the power output so this limited edition has 1183bhp and develops 1500Nm of torque from its 8.0 litre W16 engine. The top speed is 254mph and it will reach 62mph from a standing start in 2.6 secs, all of which are performance stats that put some racing cars to shame and rival the performance found in Formula One car, most of which achieve 0-62mph in between 2.1 and 2.7 secs.