Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille was unveiled at Pebble Beach
The Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille's colour scheme takes its inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57G Tank
The car features both painted finishes and coloured carbonfibre
Lighter blue invokes French national racing colours
Bugatti Type 57G Tank was displayed alongside modern car at the unveiling
No price has been revealed for the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille
Power comes from standard Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse unit
That means 1176bhp from an 8.0-litre W16 engine
A map of Le Mans circuit is among the embellishments
Just three models of each of the six Legends cars will be made
Further legends editions will be unveiled over the next 18 months
Based on a standard Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, it is powered by the same 1184bhp 8.0-litre W16 engine.
The Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille's colour scheme takes its inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57G Tank, the 1937 Le Mans winning car. It was driven to victory by Wimille, who then secured his status at Bugatti by winning the race again two years later.
The bodywork is entirely carbonfibre, with some of the panels treated so that they are blue. Inside, the headliner, footwells and seat inserts carry the same blue colour as the exterior, with darker seat bolsters adding a contrast. Stitching on the gearlever and steering wheel is in red, white and blue, in honour of Wimille's nationality.
Other added details include a motif displaying Wimille's signature on the headrest, a milled silhouette of the Le Mans race circuit embedded on the aluminium centrebox and a special logo on the door sill plates bearing the words 'Les Légendes de Bugatti' and Wimille's signature.
“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," said Wolfgang Schreiber, president of Bugatti. "Bugatti has a strong tradition. Our customers and fans have a great understanding of the brand’s history."
Bugatti plans to launch six Legends versions of the Veyron, selling three examples of each. No prices have been revealed,
Numerous special edition Veyrons have been created since the car's launch, as high-end buyers typically want to ensure that their cars are unique or have an added cachet.