Bugatti has presented the first of six new special edition Veyrons, which celebrate the men that have shaped the marque’s history. The series is called the Les Légendes de Bugatti (Bugatti Legends) and the first one showed up at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The special editions will all be based on the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the world’s fastest convertible, and each will be built in a run limited to just three cars.

The first Bugatti ‘Legend’ is the Jean-Pierre Wimille, named after the French racing driver that helped Bugatti achieve its two victories in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans: 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 car was presented at Pebble Beach alongside the original Type 57G Tank, from which designers of the modern car drew inspiration. This can be seen in the paintwork and details of both the exterior and cabin of the latest Veyron special edition.

The body is composed entirely of carbon fiber and pays tribute to the Type 57G Tank with its blue paint finish, a color characteristic of French racing cars of the era. This is continued inside, where the headliner, footwells, and seat inserts have been upholstered in Blue Wimille, while a darker shade of blue known as Lake Blue is used for the seat bolsters, dash panel, center console and doors. In homage to Wimille, the vehicle and the brand, the Bugatti designers have also developed a special decorative stitching in the French national colors of blue, white and red which has been used on the steering wheel and gearshift lever.

From left to right: Pierre Veyron, Jean Bugatti and Jean-Pierre Wimille

From left to right: Pierre Veyron, Jean Bugatti and Jean-Pierre Wimille

As previous reported, no changes have been made to the mechanicals which means peak output from the car’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 remains at 1,184 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is limited to 233 mph, though we know the car is capable of hitting 254 mph--with its top down. The 0-62 mph run takes 2.6 seconds.

By comparison, the Type 57G Tank featured a 3.3-liter straight-eight engine delivering approximately 200 horsepower. Thanks to its aerodynamically designed body, it could quickly reach higher speeds than that of its competitors.

For more of our coverage of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, click here.


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