In our quest for news about the secretly held Challenge 2007 we found out some nice news about the Bugatti Veyron and future models of the French-VW-owned supercar manufacturer. First of all Motor Authority reports that Bugatti is working on a second model after all. Back in July of this year VW’s CEO Martin Winterkorn send the smaller Bugatti project to the trashcan but apparently Bugatti made Volkswagen change their mind.
Our friends from Autogespot add that Bugatti is also working hard on the convertible version of the Bugatti Veyron. They hint at the last episode of Fifth Gear, where Tiff Needell visits the Bugatti factory in Molsheim and is not allowed to film a certain car in the factory. A Veyron owner supports this by stating he’s expecting the Bugatti Veyron Spider he ordered, one of only 80 Spiders that will be build, to arrive in 2009.
That the Bugatti Veyron would be a collectors item was certain even before the first customer took delivery. That some car collectors take it to the next level is best illustrated by Dutch car collector Harrie van de Moesdijk. He ordered his third Bugatti Veyron before even taking delivery of his second white Bugatti Veyron. Harrie van Moesdijk took his first blue Bugatti Veyron out for a spin last week and joined the 2007 Challengers in Croatia.
During our journey through the United States last month we had a unique meet & greet with a Bugatti Veyron. After jumping into the driver-tailored seats you are immediatly impressed with the elegant and very functional interior. But we were waiting for the moment the 1001 horses spoke up from the 16 cylinder engine in the back. After turning the key and hitting the start button a sound filled the car that most reminded us of the sound Hollywood uses for spaceships in their films. After doing a couple sprints the Veyron left us with a bigger adrenaline rush then the crazy ride on top of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas a couple days earlier. Let’s hope Volkswagen gives Bugatti the freedom and funds it needs to continue developing and building unique supercars that set the standard like Bugatti did many times before in the past.
To round it up, a short video we shot from inside the Veyron (turn up the volume!):