|French Luxury Auto marque Bugatti last week commemorated six of its legendary race drivers that competed in the Le Mans 24-hour with an announcement of the soon-to-be available Bugatti Legend Jean-Pierre Wimile Super Sport.|
In the 90th anniversary year of the Le Mans 24-hout, the first Legend is dedicated to a personality who is central to the history of motor sports and intimately linked with the Bugatti company: JP Wimille, who garnered two victories for Bugatti at Le Mans.
The Bugatti Legend “JP Wimille” will make its début in the eyes of the world at the US The Quail/Pebble Beach weekend taking place from 16 to 18 August. The next twelve months will see the launch of six individual Bugatti Legends based on the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse.
The Bugatti Legend “JP Wimille” relates to the successes of the eponymous racing driver who won Bugatti two victories at the Le Mans 24-Hour : in 1937, driving a Bugatti 57G Tank co-piloted by Robert Benoist, and repeating the feat in 1939, this time supported by Pierre Veyron in a 57C Tank.
The winning race car from 1937 is the inspiration behind the design of the “JP Wimille” Bugatti Legend. For the historic race the 57G Tank appeared in the racing blue finish that habitually identified French racing cars. Accordingly, this Vitesse now shines in blue clear-coated carbon fiber and a light Wimille Bleu paintwork finish.
The color scheme is continued in the supercar’s interior, as Achim Anscheidt, chief designer at Bugatti, testified, “The materials and colors selected, as well as a host of details, all reference the essential characteristics of the classic models driven by those figures to whom our edition pays homage.”
He added, “In each case, this care has resulted in vehicles in which the authenticity of the past is combined with the modern design, the sportive superlative and the luxurious comfort of Bugatti as an icon of the present. With these Bugatti Legends we are giving history a modern makeover.”
The six Bugatti Legends are all based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. This super sports car, launched in Spring 2012, is officially the fastest series roadster in the world since achieving 408,84 km/h with the top down in April 2013. Centred round an eight-liter W16 engine delivering 1,200 PS, the Vitesse produces unequalled maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3,000 – 5,000 rpm), and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a lightening 2.6 seconds.
The production run for the Bugatti Legend “JP Wimille” will be limited to three vehicles.