Bugatti Veyron Legend edition revealed

24 Jul, 2013 1:23pm Jack Rix

Bugatti reveals the first of six 'Legend' special editions inspired by racing drivers from its past

Bugatti has revealed the first of six 'Legend' editions it plans to launch over the next 12 months. The Bugatti Legend "Jean-Pierre Wimille", to give it its full name, will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 18.

Named after one of Bugatti's most famous factory drivers - Jean-Pierre Wimmile, who won the Le Mans 24hr in 1937 and 1939 - the special edition takes inspiration from his 1937 winning car, the 57G Tank, which wore a racing blue paint finish for the historic race.

The blue colour scheme is echoed on the Veyron with a combination of blue clear-coated carbon-fibre and a light 'Willmille Bleu' paintwork finish. The blue colour scheme continues on the leather and dash. 

Only three units of the Jean-Pierre Wilmille car will be built, while all six special editions will be based on the roofless Veyron Vitesse - the world fastest open-top car with a record-setting top speed of 254mph. There are no mechanical changes to the 1183bhp 8.0-litre W16 engine, so it's still capable of 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds.

Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti said: “This brand has been in large part defined by outstanding personalities and historically resonant moments. We want to tell the story of the brand through these Bugatti legends, and at the same time create a link between its past and presence.”

There's no word on prices yet, but if you're interested don't expect change from £2 million. 

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