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Bugatti Veyron GS Vitesse ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend Edition’ unveiled

August 19, 2013

Bugatti has unveiled its latest iteration of the epic Veyron hypercar at the Pebble Beach weekend in the US. Called the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend Edition, the special is a tribute to Wimille; a famous Bugatti race car driver of the 1930s.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend Edition with 57G Tank

The car features a unique two-tone blue colour scheme which were the same colours used on the Bugatti Type 57G Tank which competed and won the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, driven by Wimille.

More specifically, the ‘Bleu Wimille’ and ‘Lake Blue’ colour scheme is carried over into the interior as well. There’s a two-tone leather upholstery, embroidered headrests, and lots of blue carbon trimmings. It also features laser logos of Jean-Pierre Wimille’s signature and Le Mans graphics.

Being the Vitesse, power comes from an 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine producing a whopping 882kW and 1500Nm. It’s able to demolish 0-100km/h in just 2.6 seconds, and hit a record roof-down top speed of 408.84km/h.

Dr Wolfgang
Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., recently spoke about the special legend tribute editions, saying,

“With our first Legend ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille’ we are celebrating Bugatti’s racing life, which
 experienced a meteoric high point with the Le Mans victory of 1937.

“Bugatti has a strong tradition. Our customers and fans have a great understanding of the 
brand’s history. The Legends reflect the incredible creativity and unbelievable
 feats of craftsmanship which distinguish a modern Bugatti.”

Just three examples of the special blue edition will be made. Prices are yet to be mentioned.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.