This is the new Bugatti EB Veyron 16.4 Pur Sang, a special edition version of one of the world's fastest cars, limited to a production run of just five units in total. The now "plain" Veyron sold more in a single day in Dubai upon its release in 2005, where six cars were sold in its first public sale.
With the (as-yet unannounced) price tag likely to exceed the GDP of some small-to-medium sized nations, the Pur Sang must offer some special accoutrement, no? In addition to everything that is a Bugatti Veyron, Pur Sang owners will revel in a body shell made of an extremely pure aluminum alloy, to prevent irregular polishing, a carbon fiber monocoque body, and no paint. That's right, only the bare carbon fiber and aluminum will grace the skin of the most exclusive car in the world. Meaning "pure blood" or "thoroughbred", the Pur Sang harkens back to Bugatti's heritage as a racing marque, and this car is not one to disappoint.
The two-tone aluminum and carbon theme is carried on throughout the car, highlighting the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. The combination not only adds aesthetic grace, but functional performance, keeping the rather large Veyron to a svelte 1,888kg in Pur Sang form, shaving nearly 100kg off the standard Veyron. Considered against the backdrop of 1,000hp, the power-to-weight ratio of 1.88kg/hp puts the Pur Sang into the new position of world dominance, which is likely to be a familiar sensation for anyone privileged enough to own one.
Gallery: 2008 Bugatti Pur Sang