The first of six Bugatti Legends has been unveiled at The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering yesterday. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille Edition combines extreme performance with tradition and a touch of nostalgia as the brand celebrates one of their legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans drivers.
Jean-Pierre Wimille drove 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937, driving a Bugatti 57G Tank co-piloted by Robert Benoist. He then managed to repeat the famous feat of endurance in 1939, this time supported by Pierre Veyron in a 57C Tank. The Veyron sat behind one of the winning race cars, a 1937 blue 57G Tank, from which it takes inspiration.
All six Bugatti Legends will be based upon the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. It is officially the fastest series roadster in the world, achieving 408,84 km/h with the top down in April 2013. The achievement is centered round an eight-litre W16 engine delivering 1,200 PS and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h comes in just 2.6 seconds.